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American Prince: My Autobiography [Hardcover]

Tony Curtis , Peter Golenbock
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16 Oct 2008

At the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tony Curtis starred in Houdini and Spartacus, made comedy history with Jack Lemmon in the unforgettable Some Like It Hot, was friends with Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and James Dean, and romanced screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh and Natalie Wood. He lived a life he could only dream of growing up in the Bronx.

Born Bernard Schwarz to immigrant parents, this is Tony Curtis’ story of his hard-knock childhood, his wild days as a Hollywood playboy, his destructive drug addiction and his life now as an artist in his eighties. Sparing no name, no detail and no ego, Tony Curtis talks intimately about the people he has known during his long, illustrious career, his co-stars, the studio owners, his wives, his lovers and his friends. This book will be the true record of his life, told with humour, grace and honesty.



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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264346
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`I enjoyed American Prince by Tony Curtis immensely. I have known Tony and counted him as a friend since the early 1960s, and even shared with him some of the adventures he records. A wonderful read and long may he continue'
-- Sir Peter Blake

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‘THIS WILL BE THE TRUE RECORD OF MY LIFE’

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans of Hollywood's golden age! 28 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
I was never the biggest Tony Curtis fan, but this is a fun and interesting read for fans of the Hollywood golden age. Curtis was a smooth character back in the day and a big time movie star. His life intersects with many of the biggest and brightest stars of the time including lovers such as Marilyn Monroe. A lot of the book does come off as "look at me, look who I knew and who I slept with," (Which I must admit was a guilty pleasure to read about) but the is more than that. It is also an interesting look into Hollywood during its golden age after world war two and prior to television taking over pop culture. The reader is taken behind the scenes of some of his great films "Houdini [1953] (REGION 1) (NTSC)", Some Like It Hot [1959] (with Marilyn Monroe), and Spartacus [1960] (with Kirk Douglas). I found the book less interesting as it moves into the late years of his life but overall this should be of interest to Curtis fans and fans of the old Hollywood. For more great reading on the end of Hollywood's heyday do try "Misfits Country" Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable brought to life!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American Prince My Autobiography by Tony Curtis 24 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Great if you love the movies of 50' and 60's. I loved the gossip of old Hollywood and getting a peep into those years. Carol Weston
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate Hollywood memoir 3 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
This really is a cracking autobiography, and all the more authentic given Tony Curtis's frank acknowledgement of his failures as a husband, his life-long insecurities and his descent into drug addiction. It's a very easy and compelling read, and gives a real insight not only into the life of a genuine Hollywood star, but also into the darker side of celebrity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Product of the Hollywood Dream-Factory 9 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
Tony Curtis wasn't initially the best actor in the world but he pulled himself up by his bootstraps when he made some tremendous films - The Sweet Smell of Success, Trapeze, Some like it Hot and The Boston Strangler - which displayed his talents as a serious and a comic actor. Many of his other films were also eminently watchable. However, as he slid into a decline with cocaine and dating (and marrying) girls so young, it's likely he met some of them at `Toys`R'Us', some of his later films were truly terrible.

So does this - probably heavily ghosted - autobiography adequately do him credit? Well, yes and no. To repeatedly tell the reader how attractive he was and recounting his exploits as a serial adulterer does get a bit much and there's a strong self-pitying streak with regards to the anti-Semitism he encountered. But in addition, Curtis is frequently self-mocking; and when he refers to the often misquoted line from Son of Ali Baba, "Yanda lies the castle of me fadda", this is a case in point. He also frankly describes the trauma of the death of his younger brother and also the mental illness suffered by a second brother, as well as his mother; plus, of course the distress when one of his sons died of a drugs overdose.

This is no literary masterpiece, nor does it measure up to the memoirs of David Niven or Errol Flynn; but it's a good, readable and often amusing book about a man who was very talented, exceptionally vain, emotionally insecure and sometimes rather sad, written with an easy style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From Pauper to Prince 12 May 2010
Format:Paperback
As you would expect Curtis's own account of his life is both fascinating and revealing as he takes us on a journey from his poor childhood days through to becoming a Hollywood star and beyond. His various accounts of time working on movies as well as several romances he embarked on are exactly what you expect and also want. But there is also a sense of Curtis's ego at work as well through out as he often not so much moans but questions why he was never offered the sort of roles which friends from the time like Brando was being offered. It's almost like he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder about this, which whilst makes it an honest account of how he felt about his movie career does get a bit grating by the time you finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American princely 11 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
A great read for all those interested in Hollywood from the 1950's and in this charismatic and under-rated actor in particular. Tony Curtis has appeared in some of the greatest films ever produced from Some Like it Hot to Spartacus to Sweet Smell of Success. Tony's life has been a heart-rending mixture of lows and highs and he has an insightful and lovable reading style able to reflect on the anti-semitism of Hollywood and his own inability to hang on to love and keep his zipper shut!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity missed.... 28 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Tony Curtis is probably one of the most underated screen actors of his generation, his pretty boy looks and early career casting at low budget Universal really didnt do him any favours on the acting credability front.
This isnt really the book that his life story deserves, you get the impression that there is so much more to tell that he probably doesnt want in the public domain..it reads like a 1950's fan magazine telling you all the insider stories about his co workers and friends but alas with hardly any real substance..Im sure there is a story to be told about Mr Curtis and his fascinating life but this sadly isnt it...as Mr Curtis says..'This will be the true record of my life'..if it is i think hes forgotten a lot....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Stars interesting life story
So enjoyed this book. Love Hollywood gossip. The trials of becoming a Star from his very humble beginnings. Easy reading.
Published 29 days ago by Mrs Tracy Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This was a very good read he was a bit braggy about his sexual exploits and the amount of women he went with but why not he was gorgeous!!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by S
3.0 out of 5 stars an easy read
Tony Curtis biography is an easy read especially for those of us old enough to remember his movies and the film stars he refers to in his book
Published 3 months ago by JAMES HENRY TELFORD
3.0 out of 5 stars American Prince, my Autobiography,
This is a good read which I would recommend to anyone old enough to remember what a great actor Tony Curtis was in his day.
Published 12 months ago by Be
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
A nice insight in to TC's life - seems honest enough - he doesn't try to demolish anyone or "tell tales" but clearly describes the egoistic lifestyle. Enjoyable read.
Published 13 months ago by Richard Palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but no better than one would expect, given the source.
Plenty of info but too much of ". . . and my next film was . . ." so, worth the price of the paperback.
Published 17 months ago by rowland hill
4.0 out of 5 stars nothing unusual here then for a film star .Who he has slept with- and...
Totally convinced that his so called jewishness held him back - in a town that was run by Jews ? he is convinced that all his films were rubbish , Which seems to b a recuring theme... Read more
Published 17 months ago by mutti
5.0 out of 5 stars American Prince - autobiography of Tony Curtis
Delivery was rapid, book in excellent condition and it's a very good read. This is the Tony Curtis of my youth when I used to watch his films.
Published 19 months ago by Valerie Rothlisberger-Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars a troubled man at times
He always seemed so bubbly and full of life but Tony curtis had a lot of demons and this made it a good read. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by molster
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading...
I found this book to be open and honest about Tony's life and learnt so much about how the big film companies worked back in the 1940's & 50's - bit of an eye opener! Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Ali H
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