It pains us to report that Tony Curtis, one of the most gifted actors of all time, is gone at age 85.
The screen idol, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, passed away at his Nevada home yesterday at the stroke of midnight.
A friend of BlogTalkRadio, Tony graced our airwaves twice last year, charming us on both occasions, while making us roar with laughter.
When he dropped in on WordSmitten host Kate Sullivan in March to chat about his memoir, American Prince, Tony began the interview with an admission of his true nature.
“I love life so much that I can’t turn down any of the women that I’ve ever met,” said the Bronx, N.Y.-born actor, who starred in such indelible flicks as Some Like It Hot, Spartacus and (our favorite) The Sweet Smell of Success.
“I’m not being facetious now. I find the company of women so much more appealing and pleasant than the company of men,” he continued—before moving in for the kill.
“I have a lot of men—wonderful friends. But still, it’s the way a woman poses and says things. That funny little—see that? I just met you, Kate, and I’m falling in love with you.”
Six months later, Tony returned to discuss his distinguished film career with Movie Addict Headquarters host Betty Jo Tucker.
“I’m gonna tell you a story. I hope I get away with it. I may have to change the last word,” he said when the conversation turned to Some Like It Hot, which co-starred Jack Lemon and Marilyn Monroe.
“The dress designer, Orry Kelly, we had dress fittings, the three of us. We had dressing rooms right alongside of each other.
“He came up and he measured Jack Lemon. He did the tape and counted out the sizes. A 36, a 34. In the back a 27. Waiste, 32.
“And then he came to me, and I was wearing a pair of jockey shorts and I stood there in front of him. And he measured me: 18, 21, 31, 14, 19 and a half. Then he finished with me and he went next door to Marilyn.
“And Marilyn was wearing a pair of panties, her silk blouse, and three-inch heels, and standing there. Trust me when I tell you, she was beautiful. She was one of the most well-proportioned women I’ve ever seen.
“And she was standing there. And he took out his tape, very intimidated, and he measured her: 29, 37, 25, 14. And he got to her bottom. And he put the tape around her bottom.
“And he looked up at her and he said, ‘You know, Tony Curtis has a better-looking ass than yours.’
“And you know what she did? She opened her blouse and said to him, ‘He doesn’t have tits like these!’
“I hope I didn’t offend anyone, but it is a most unusual story.”
No offense taken, Tony. And thanks for your excellent body.
Of work, that is.
Click here to hear Tony Curtis’ full March 8, 2009 interview on WordSmitten.
Click here to hear Tony Curtis’ full Sept. 15, 2009 interview on Movie Addict Headquarters.