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  1. Oscar nominee Tony Curtis, star of such movies as "Some Like It Hot" and "The Great Race" (with Viv) and the father of Jamie Lee Curtis, died yesterday at the age of 85. Tony Curtis, Hollywood Icon, Dies at 85By DAVE KEHR Tony Curtis, a classically handsome movie star who earned an Oscar nomination as an escaped convict in Stanley Kramer’s 1958 movie “The Defiant Ones,” but whose public preferred him in comic roles in films like “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and “The Great Race” (1965), died Wednesday of a cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas area home. He was 85. His death was confirmed by the Clark County coroner, The Associated Press reported. As a performer, Mr. Curtis drew first and foremost on his startlingly good looks. With his dark, curly hair, worn in a sculptural style later imitated by Elvis Presley, and plucked eyebrows framing pale blue eyes and wide, full lips, Mr. Curtis embodied a new kind of feminized male beauty that came into vogue in the early 1950s. A vigorous heterosexual in his widely publicized (not least by himself) private life, he was often cast in roles that drew on a perceived ambiguity: his full-drag impersonation of a female jazz musician in “Some Like It Hot,” a slave who attracts the interest of a Roman senator (Laurence Olivier) in Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” (1960), a man attracted to a mysterious blond (Debbie Reynolds) who turns out to be the reincarnation of his male best friend in Vincente Minnelli’s “Goodbye Charlie” (1964). But behind the pretty-boy looks could be found a dramatically potent combination of naked ambition and deep vulnerability, both likely products of his Dickensian childhood in the Bronx. Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, to Helen and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Emanuel operated a tailor shop in a poor neighborhood, and the family occupied cramped quarters behind the store, the parents in one room and little Bernard sharing another with his two brothers, Julius and Robert. Helen Schwartz suffered from schizophrenia and frequently beat the three boys. (Robert was later found to have the same disease.) In 1933, at the height of the Depression, his parents found they could not properly provide for their children, and Bernard and Julius were placed in a state institution. Returning to his old neighborhood, Bernard frequently found himself caught up in gang warfare and the target of anti-Semitic hostility; as he recalled in many interviews, he learned to dodge the stones and fists to protect his face, which he realized even then would be his ticket to greater things. In 1938, Julius Schwartz was hit by a truck and killed. In search of stability, Bernard made his way to Seward Park High School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. During World War II he served in the Navy aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Proteus. His ship was present in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, which Signalman Schwartz watched through a pair of binoculars. “That was one of the great moments in my life,” he later wrote. Back in New York, he enrolled in acting classes in the workshop headed by Erwin Piscator at the New School for Social Research, where one of his colleagues was another Seward alumnus, Walter Matthau. He began getting work with theater companies in the Catskills and caught the eye of the New York casting agent Joyce Selznick, who helped him win a contract with Universal Pictures in 1948. After experimenting with James Curtis, he settled on Anthony Curtis as his stage name and began turning up in bit parts in films like Robert Siodmak’s “Criss Cross” (1949), Arthur Lubin’s “Francis” (1950) and Anthony Mann’s “Winchester ’73,” alongside another Universal bit player, Rock Hudson. At first, Mr. Curtis’s career advanced more rapidly than Hudson’s. He was promoted to supporting player, billed as Tony Curtis for the first time, in the 1950 western “Kansas Raiders” — and became, he recalled, first prize in a Universal promotional contest, “Win a Weekend With Tony Curtis.” With his next film, the Technicolor Arabian Nights adventure “The Prince Who Was a Thief” (1951), he received top billing. His co-star was Piper Laurie, another offspring of Jewish immigrants (born Rosetta Jacobs), with whom he was paired in three subsequent films at Universal, including Douglas Sirk’s “No Room for the Groom,” a 1952 comedy that allowed Mr. Curtis to explore his comic gifts for the first time. In 1951 Mr. Curtis married the ravishing MGM contract player Janet Leigh, whose beauty rivaled his own. The highly photogenic couple soon became a favorite of the fan magazines, and their first movie together, George Marshall’s “Houdini” (1953), was also Mr. Curtis’s first substantial hit. Perhaps the character of Houdini — like Mr. Curtis, a handsome young man of Hungarian Jewish ancestry who reinvented himself through show business — touched something in Mr. Curtis; in any case, it was in that film that his most consistent screen personality, the eager young outsider who draws on his charm and wiles to achieve success in the American mainstream, was born. Mr. Curtis endured several more Universal costume pictures, including the infamous 1954 film “The Black Shield of Falworth,” in which he co-starred with Ms. Leigh but did not utter the line, “Yondah lies da castle of my foddah,” that legend has attributed to him. His career seemed stalled until Burt Lancaster, another actor who survived a difficult childhood in New York City, took him under his wing. Lancaster cast Mr. Curtis as his protégé, a circus performer who becomes his romantic rival, in his company’s 1956 production “Trapeze.” But it was Mr. Curtis’s next co-starring appearance with Lancaster — as the hustling Broadway press agent Sidney Falco, desperately eager to ingratiate himself with Lancaster’s sadistic Broadway columnist J. J. Hunsecker in “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957) — that proved Mr. Curtis could be an actor of genuine power and subtlety. The late ’50s and early ’60s proved to be Mr. Curtis’s heyday. Taking his career into his own hands, he formed a production company, Curtleigh Productions, and in partnership with Kirk Douglas assembled the 1958 independent feature “The Vikings” — a rousing adventure film, directed by Richard Fleischer, that has become an enduring favorite. Later in 1958, the producer-director Stanley Kramer cast Mr. Curtis in “The Defiant Ones,” as a prisoner who escapes from a Southern chain gang while chained to a fellow convict, who happens to be black (Sidney Poitier). The film may seem schematic and simplistic today, but at the time of its release it spoke with hope to a nation in the violent first stages of the civil rights movement and was rewarded with nine Oscar nominations, including one for Mr. Curtis as best actor. It was the only acknowledgment he received from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during his career. Mr. Curtis began a creatively rewarding relationship with the director Blake Edwards with a semi-autobiographical role as a young hustler working a Wisconsin resort in “Mister Cory” (1957), which was followed by two hugely successful 1959 military comedies, both co-starring Ms. Leigh: “The Perfect Furlough” and “Operation Petticoat,” in which he played a submarine officer serving under a captain played by Cary Grant. Under Billy Wilder’s direction in “Some Like It Hot,” another 1959 release, Mr. Curtis employed a spot-on imitation of Grant’s mid-Atlantic accent when his character, posing as an oil heir, attempts to seduce a voluptuous singer (Marilyn Monroe). His role in that film — as a Chicago musician who, with his best friend (Jack Lemmon), witnesses the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and flees to Florida in women’s clothing as a member of an all-girl dance band — remains Mr. Curtis’s best-known performance. Success in comedy kindled Mr. Curtis’s ambitions as a dramatic actor. He appeared in Mr. Douglas’s epic production of “Spartacus,” directed by Stanley Kubrick, and reached unsuccessfully for another Oscar nomination in “The Outsider” (1961), directed by Delbert Mann, as Ira Hayes, a Native American who helped to raise the flag at Iwo Jima. In “The Great Impostor,” directed by Robert Mulligan, he played a role closer to his established screen personality: an ambitious young man from the wrong side of the tracks who fakes his way through a series of professions, including a monk, a prison warden and a surgeon. Mr. Curtis’s popularity was damaged by his divorce from Ms. Leigh in 1962, following an affair with the 17-year-old German actress Christine Kaufmann, who was his co-star in the costume epic “Taras Bulba.” He retreated into comedies, playing out his long association with Universal in a series of undistinguished efforts including “40 Pounds of Trouble” (1962), “Captain Newman M.D.” (1963) and the disastrous “Wild and Wonderful” (1964), in which he co-starred with Ms. Kaufmann, whom he married in 1963. In “The Great Race,” Blake Edwards’s 1965 celebration of slapstick comedy, Mr. Curtis parodied himself as an impossibly handsome daredevil named the Great Leslie, and in 1967 he reunited with Alexander Mackendrick, the director of “Sweet Smell of Success,” for an enjoyable satire on California mores, “Don’t Make Waves.” Mr. Curtis made one final, ambitious attempt to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor with “The Boston Strangler” in 1968, putting on weight to play the suspected serial killer Albert DeSalvo. Again under Richard Fleischer’s direction, he turned in an effective, rigorously deglamorized performance, but the film was dismissed as exploitative in many quarters (“An incredible collapse of taste, judgment, decency, prose, insight, journalism and movie technique,” Renata Adler wrote in The New York Times), and failed to reignite Mr. Curtis’s fading career. He divorced Ms. Kaufmann and married a 23-year-old model, Leslie Allen, that same year. After two unsuccessful efforts to establish himself in series television, “The Persuaders” (1971-72) and “McCoy” (1975-76), Mr. Curtis found himself in a seemingly endless series of guest appearances on television (he had a recurring role on “Vegas” from 1978 to 1981) and supporting performances in ever more unfortunate movies, including Mae West’s excruciating 1978 comeback attempt, “Sextette.” A stay at the Betty Ford Center followed his 1982 divorce from Ms. Allen, but Mr. Curtis never lost his work ethic. He continued to appear regularly in low-budget movies (he played a movie mogul in the spoof “Lobster Man From Mars,” 1989) and occasionally in independent films of quality (Nicolas Roeg’s 1985 “Insignificance,” opposite Theresa Russell as a Monroe-like actress). He took up painting, selling his boldly signed Matisse-influenced canvases through galleries and department stores. After divorcing Ms. Allen, Mr. Curtis was married to the actress Andrea Savio (1984-92) and, briefly, to the lawyer Lisa Deutsch (1993-94). He married his sixth wife, the horse trainer Jill VandenBerg, in 1998, and with her operated Shiloh Horse Rescue, a nonprofit refuge for abused and neglected horses, in Sandy Valley, Nev. In addition to his wife, Mr. Curtis is survived by Kelly Lee Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis, his two daughters with Janet Leigh; Alexandra Curtis and Allegra Curtis, his two daughters with Christine Kaufmann; and a son, Benjamin Curtis, with Leslie Allen. A second son with Ms. Allen, Nicholas Curtis, died in 1994 of a drug overdose. He published “Tony Curtis: The Autobiography,” written with Barry Paris, in 1994 and a second autobiography, “American Prince: A Memoir,” written with Peter Golenbock, in 2008. In 2002 he toured in a musical adaptation of “Some Like It Hot,” in which he played the role of the love-addled millionaire originated by Joe E. Brown in the film. This time, the curtain line was his: “Nobody’s perfect.” His final screen appearance was in 2008, when he played a small role in “David & Fatima,” an independent budget film about a romance between an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Muslim. His character’s name was Mr. Schwartz. Link
  2. Lucie donated copies of a majority of Lucy's interviews to the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) a few years ago, so they could be preserved and viewed by the public.
  3. Joy's show is shot in New York and Kaye lives in California. I don't think she gets to New York too often.
  4. Great news!!! I can't wait. I know Kaye and Joy are very close friends.
  5. I always loved the fact that the star of Lucy's first film was still alive and so active. She had such a fascinating career. I was so happy she made it to 100.
  6. I can't wait! In my opinion, two of the greatest things Lucy ever did! Joe and Renee actually wrote "Three for Two" (at least the script was based on something they had written).
  7. It was Sid Gould and Vanda Barra! Sid was Mickey's warm up act at the time. The news coverage at the time says Sid's wife "Sandra" was matron of honor. I'm assuming they meant Vanda.
  8. When Mickey Rooney married seventh wife Carolyn Hockett in 1969, who were best man and matron of honor? (It's Lucy related!)
  9. Nice tribute to Harold in the New York Times.
  10. Oh no! He was so wonderful as Martin Morgenstern and Miles Webber and in every other part he played. I met him a couple of years ago and he was terrific. I'm so surprised to hear this.
  11. Every year I hope Dick Van Dyke is included. Hopefully next year. There was a big campaign to try to get a Kennedy Center Honor for Carol Channing this year. It looks like it didn't work. If they gave it to her this year alongside Jerry Herman, they could have killed two birds with one stone. They could have done just one big "Hello, Dolly!" production number.
  12. Although "Lucy and the Guard Goose" might not be one of the better Life with Lucy episodes, I think it (along with "Breaking Up is Hard to Do") contains Gale's best performance on the series. Gale is marvelous in "Lucy and Uncle Harry's Pot," but he actually has a very small role in it. My vote would go for "Harrison Carter, Male Nurse," which, to me, might be the greatest showcase for Gale in the entire series.
  13. There was no formal Emmy category for guest actors during the Lucy years, but if you could nominate one guest actor per season, who would it be? I just did one per season, however the category nowadays is broken into male and female performer categories. These would be my nominations for Best Guest Actor/Actress: I Love Lucy 1951-1952: John Emery “The Quiz Show” (Sam/Harold/Julius… JULIUS?!) 1952-1953: Verna Felton “Lucy Hires a Maid” (Mrs. Porter) 1953-1954: Mabel Paige “The Girls Go into Business” (Mrs. Hansen) 1954-1955: Kathryn Card “The Hedda Hopper Story” (Mrs. McGillicuddy) 1955-1956: Mary Jane Croft “Return Home From Europe” (Evelyn Bigsby) 1956-1957: Eleanor Audley “Lucy Wants to Move to the Country” (Eleanor Spaulding) I didn’t intend for so many to be female character actresses, but Eleanor Audley and Verna Felton were the first people I thought of when I thought of award worthy guest performers. The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show: 1957-1958: Tallulah Bankhead “The Celebrity Next-Door” 1958-1959: Paul Douglas “Lucy Wants a Career” 1959-1960: Milton Berle “Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos” The Lucy Show: 1962-1963: Charles Lane “Lucy Misplaces $2000” (Mr. Barnsdahl) 1963-1964: Michael J. Pollard (JUST KIDDING!)… Ethel Merman “Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman to Sing” 1964-1965: Ann Sothern “Lucy and the Countess” (Countess Rosetta Harrington Framboise) 1965-1966: Ann Sothern “Lucy and the Countess Have a Horse Guest” (Countess Rosetta Harrington Framboise) 1966-1967: Carol Burnett “Lucy Gets a Roommate” (Carol Bradford) 1967-1968: Vanda Barra “Lucy and Robert Goulet” (Waitress) Here’s Lucy: 1968-1969: Jack Benny “Lucy Visits Jack Benny” 1969-1970: Vivian Vance “Lucy and Lawrence Welk” (Vivian Jones) 1970-1971: Richard Burton “Lucy Meets the Burtons” 1971-1972: Ginger Rogers “Ginger Rogers Comes to Tea” 1972-1973: Vanda Barra “Goodbye Mrs. Hips” (Vanda Barra) 1973-1974: Jackie Coogan “Lucy’s Tenant” (Kermit Boswell) Life with Lucy: 1986-1987: Audrey Meadows “Mother of the Bride” (Audrey) Who would you choose?
  14. Since it's Emmy night, I was wondering if you had to select one episode from each season to submit to the Emmy committee for the Lucy cast members what would it be? We've done this for Lucy in the past, but how about the supporting players. These would be my submissions for Mary Jane for Best Supporting Actress. The Lucy Show: 1965-1966: Lucy and the Golden Greek 1966-1967: Lucy and Sheldon Leonard 1967-1968: Lucy and the “Boss of the Year” Award Here’s Lucy: 1968-1969: A Date For Lucy [Her only appearance that season] 1969-1970: Lucy and Lawrence Welk 1970-1971: Lucy Loses Her Cool 1971-1972: Lucy and Mannix Are Held Hostage 1972-1973: The Not-So-Popular Mechanics 1973-1974: Mary Jane’s Boyfriend What would you choose?
  15. Since it's Emmy night, I was wondering if you had to select one episode from each season to submit to the Emmy committee for the Lucy cast members what would it be? We've done this for Lucy in the past, but how about the supporting players. These would be my submissions for Lucie for Best Supporting Actress and Desi Jr. for Best Supporting Actor. Lucie: Here’s Lucy: 1968-1969: Lucy’s Working Daughter 1969-1970: Lucy Protects Her Job 1970-1971: Lucy and the Raffle 1971-1972: Kim Moves Out 1972-1973: Lucy and Donny Osmond 1973-1974: Lucy Fights the System Desi: Here’s Lucy: 1968-1969: Lucy Helps Craig Get a Drivers’ License 1969-1970: Lucy and Ann-Margret 1970-1971: Lucy and Buddy Rich What would you choose?
  16. Since it's Emmy night, I was wondering if you had to select one episode from each season to submit to the Emmy committee for the Lucy cast members what would it be? We've done this for Lucy in the past, but how about the supporting players. (I know that in the early years the nominations were based on the calendar year rather than the TV season, but I'm just doing it my season here). These would be my submissions for Bill for Best Supporting Actor. I Love Lucy: 1951-1952: Ricky Asks For a Raise 1952-1953: The Black Eye 1953-1954: Too Many Crooks 1954-1955: Mertz and Kurtz 1955-1956: Second Honeymoon 1956-1957: Desert Island The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show: 1957-1958: Lucy Wins a Racehorse 1958-1959: Lucy Makes Room For Danny 1959-1960: The Ricardos Go to Japan What would you choose?
  17. Since it's Emmy night, I was wondering if you had to select one episode from each season to submit to the Emmy committee for the Lucy cast members what would it be? We've done this for Lucy in the past, but how about the supporting players. (I know that in the early years the nominations were based on the calendar year rather than the TV season, but I'm just doing it my season here). These would be my submissions for Gale for Best Supporting Actor. The Lucy Show: 1963-1964: Lucy Gets Locked in the Vault 1964-1965: Lucy Tries Winter Sports 1965-1966: Lucy, the Choirmaster 1966-1967: Lucy Goes to London 1967-1968: Lucy and the “Boss of the Year” Award Here’s Lucy: 1968-1969: Lucy the Shopping Expert 1969-1970: Lucy and Harry’s Tonsils 1970-1971: Lucy Meets the Burtons (Runner Up: Lucy’s Vacation) 1971-1972: Lucy’s Replacement 1972-1973: Harrison Carter, Male Nurse 1973-1974: Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers (Runner Up: Lucy Is NG as an RN) Life with Lucy: 1986-1987: Lucy and the Guard Goose What would you choose?
  18. Since it's Emmy night, I was wondering if you had to select one episode from each season to submit to the Emmy committee for the Lucy cast members what would it be? We've done this for Lucy in the past, but how about the supporting players. (I know that in the early years the nominations were based on the calendar year rather than the TV season, but I'm just doing it my season here). These would be my submissions for Desi for Best Actor. I Love Lucy: 1951-1952: Ricky Thinks He’s Getting Bald 1952-1953: Lucy Goes to the Hospital 1953-1954: Ricky Minds the Baby (runner up: Ricky Loses His Temper) 1954-1955: Ricky Needs an Agent 1955-1956: Lucy and Charles Boyer 1956-1957: Ragtime Band The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show: 1957-1958: Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana 1958-1959: Lucy Wants a Career 1959-1960: The Ricardos Go to Japan What would you choose?
  19. Since it's Emmy night, I was wondering if you had to select one episode from each season to submit to the Emmy committee for the Lucy cast members what would it be? We've done this for Lucy in the past, but how about the supporting players. (I know that in the early years the nominations were based on the calendar year rather than the TV season, but I'm just doing it my season here). These would be my submissions for Vivian for Best Supporting Actress. I Love Lucy 1951-1952: Breaking the Lease 1952-1953: The Operetta 1953-1954: Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress [Vivian won for the calendar year of 1953] 1954-1955: Ethel’s Hometown 1955-1956: Ricky's European Booking 1956-1957: Housewarming The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show: 1957-1958: The Celebrity Next-Door 1958-1959: Lucy Makes Room For Danny 1959-1960: The Ricardos Go to Japan The Lucy Show: 1962-1963: Lucy Buys a Boat 1963-1964: The Loophole in the Lease 1964-1965: Lucy and Arthur Godfrey What would you choose?
  20. As Brock noted, Bill Frawley is in "Alibi Ike."
  21. I debated posting the Roman Scandals shot because I wasn't 100% it was Lucy. I finally talked myself into it. I never would have guessed it was Barbara Pepper! When I first saw that other photo, I immediately thought of Mame. I'm so glad you did that comparison, Rick. It's wonderful!
  22. It looks like he was doing a play on Broadway for part of 1983.
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