Tony Curtis
American actor
Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances.
Biography
Tony Curtis's personal information overview.
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This is Jamie: Actress, Activist, and Beloved Children's Book Author
Huffington Post - 5 months
Jamie Lee Curtis has a knack for simplifying complex topics, such as adoption and human emotion, and interpreting them in a way children can easily understand when reading her books. Her latest title, This Is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From (Workman Publishing) is about emigration, immigration, and the idea of leaving the old behind for the promise of the new. It's a celebration of diversity and self, helping young children to begin the process of discovering what makes them unique and what connects all of us together. "This book is an exploration of adventure," says Curtis. "It's about the possibility of a new life, which is what our country was built upon." Curtis was born in 1958 to movie stars Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. "Reading books was not a family activity," she says. "I don't have any memory of my family making reading a priority." Nonetheless, Curtis recalls a few favorite childhood books, including Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. "After the big dog part ...
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Onetime Sonny & Cher Mansion Sells for $90 Million
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
On roughly 10 acres in Holmby Hills, Owlwood was also the home of actor Tony Curtis and more recently Ameriquest Mortgage founder Roland Arnall.
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Girls Will Be Boys in San Francisco
Huffington Post - 9 months
For many moviegoers, characters that cross-dress might seem like a more recent phenomenon--as far as mainstream films are concerned. Some have proven popular, like Tootsie (1982), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), The Birdcage (1996), and even White Chicks (2004). Others, like the more somber Albert Nobbs (2011), have taken time to find an audience. Looking back, there's Some Like It Hot, in which Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress as women and join an all-girl band in order to hide from the mob. That was released in 1959. And then there's Psycho, in which Anthony Perkins plays a killer who wears his dead mother's clothes. That debuted in 1960. Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema 1908-1934, courtesy Rutgers University Press The depiction of characters that cross dress, in fact, goes back to the beginnings of film. And what's more, gender bending wasn't always played for laughs, nor was it always meant to show the unsavory side of a character. It could ...
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First Nighter: Maurice Hines's 'Tappin' Thru Life' Is Tops, Mac Wellman's 'The Offending Gesture' Has Its Moments
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You say you want to be entertained? You say you want to see a performer working in the now fading 20th-century entertainment tradition, someone who worked alongside Ella Fitzgerald and Pearl Bailey and certainly learned from, among many others, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr.? You're in great luck. Maurice Hines has just opened in a sleek and stylish act, at New World Stages, that he calls Tappin' Thru Life. It's 85 minutes of a show that looks like the highest quality Las Vegas revue, thanks not only to him as star and writer but also to director Jeff Calhoun, set designer Tobin Ost, costume designer T. Tyler Stumpf and projections designer Darrel Maloney. (Not to mention lighting designer Michael Gilliam and sound designer Michael Hahn.) And there's the nine-piece band, led by propulsive drummer Sherrie Maricle. Hines calls them the Jazz Divas Orchestra. It's an all-women combo that might remind movie lovers of Some Like It Hot's Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopaters--but without ...
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Men: Make a Greater Effort to Establish Friendships Outside Your Own Race!
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Earlier this year, in August, three young American citizens -- Alex Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler -- were three of six men who sprung into action and took down heavily armed terrorist Ayoub El-Khazzani, successfully preventing a terror plot. The trio was awarded with the Legion d'honneur, the most prestigious award given by the nation of France. Last September, all three men were honored with medals by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at the White House and had a private meeting with President Obama. U.S. Airman Stone, National Guardsman Skarlatos and college student Sadler also were the recipients of hometown parades, talk show and radio interviews, and became the darlings of both national and international media across the political spectrum. Skarlatos gained further celebrity as he and his dance partner Lindsay Arnold managed to place third this season on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. While the public became privy to many details of the lives and backgrounds of t ...
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Press Agents of the World, Arise... An Excerpt From 'Starflacker: Inside the Golden Age of Hollywood'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Once upon a time a film that dare not speak its name ("The Sweet Smell of Success") cast an evil spell upon all press agents, decreeing that they should dwell and devise forever under a cloud of skepticism about the ethics of their craft. In that film, Tony Curtis portrayed scumbag Broadway PR hustler Sidney Falco, not a scruple to his name, and thereby befouled in perpetuity the honest repute and honor of all press agents. It's time to seek a reprieve. As we approach the 60th anniversary of that film, a book has arrived on a white horse to rescue the dignity and legitimacy of publicity pros from over a half century of ignominy, distrust and distain. This call to emancipation is issued by a press agent who, like all of his fellow flacks, has borne throughout his career the scarlet letters PR with which Curtis, Burt Lancaster, novelist Ernest Lehman and screenwriter Clifford Odets branded an entire profession. "Starflacker" was written in the hope it could help clear the name of pr ...
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A Gin Cocktail History Tour of Old Hollywood
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Long before craft brews and premium vodkas, Hollywood's favorite alcohol of choice was gin. Few other cocktails personify the old-world glamor of debonair leading men and sultry screen sirens than the martini, a simple, elegant mix of gin and vermouth with a garnish of olives or lemon twist. It's not the only classic gin cocktail, though. There are also ones such as the Gimlet and the Bee's Knees, just a few of the drinks I recently had the opportunity to sample while on a tour of three legendary Hollywood hot spots with a few other writers and Luke Ford who works for Plymouth Gin. We were shuttled between Musso & Frank, Dominick's and the Sunset Marquis in pristine white old-school vehicles, including a '36 Buick Century, a '37 Studebaker Junior, a '37 Packard Senior, a '62 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and my ride -- a $350,000 '27 Packard Presidential limo, which our very dapper-looking chauffeur Doug said was the oldest car officially for hire in the United States. We beg ...
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Billy and Marilyn -- They Do Not have Those "Wedding Bell Blues"
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"SOMETIMES we are sitting around the house, and I'll say to Marilyn, 'You know, we need to get out more, see more people. Young people!" And she'll say, 'Okay. Let's do that.' But, we never do! I guess we are pretty content with ourselves." •THAT'S Billy Davis Jr., talking about his long relationship with Marilyn McCoo. I had a fast, energizing phone call with the couple, who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The pair -- he was the founder of The Fifth Dimension group, she was its lead singer -- feel it is significant that they will be working in The Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas over Valentine's Day. Marilyn said: "It's corny to say, but it is special. We still have so much joy in one another, and I know it communicates to the audience." Asked what the "secret" was to such a long marriage, they both chimed "Compromise!" Billy says: "What do you really 'win" when you 'win?' Is that how to approach issues? We've never thought so, and so far it's work ...
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A Wonderful Billy Wilder Film Is Screening at MR C Beverly Hills Pool!
Huffington Post - over 2 years
all photos shot by Jay Scene at the MR C Beverly Hills Hotel pool I think I have seen Billy Wilder's wonderful comic film, "Some Like It Hot," about a hundred times. You'll remember it was the movie with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe, about Chicago in its mobster days. A classic film, it is perhaps the best comedy movie ever made. I was privileged to produce the last movie which Mr. Wilder directed, a little-seen gem called "Buddy, Buddy," with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. It came out at Christmas-time 1981 with two dozen other movies and got lost in the boxoffice rush as the failing MGM studio did not have the funds to promote it properly (or at all.). But the year which I spent with the gentleman director was probably the best professional experience of my long life. Driving to the set with him every day, inhaling the smoke from his Cuban cigar as he told me stories of the old Hollywood, what could have been better? ...
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George Heymont: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For those lucky enough to be inside the Castro Theatre on Sunday, June 19, 1994, the final screening of the 18th Frameline LGBT Film Festival was very much a night to remember. Written and directed by Stephan Elliott (and starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terence Stamp), The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert earned a foot-stomping, 20-minute ovation which rocked the Australian filmmaker's world. As he explained from the stage, this was one of the first public screenings of his spectacularly rowdy drag spectacle. Elliott may not have been aware of why San Francisco's audience was so enthusiastic that night. As most people know, his film has an abundance of flashy costumes, gay humor, disco hits, and a solid story line. But for a community that, over the past decade, had been decimated by disease, death, and depression, Priscilla performed a very special kind of magic -- making an audience of 1,400 feel as if they had been resurrected and given a new reason to ...
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Scott Bridges: How to Spend a Week in Arizona, Part II: Scottsdale
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Boasting a vibrant art scene is the city the New York Times called "a desert version of Miami's South Beach," adding that it is one of the "hippest and happening" places in the country. And you won't find a better Mid-Century architecture community than this outside of Palm Springs. Scottsdale, once voted "America's Most Livable City," is essentially, as Slant3 pointed out in the comments of Part I of this article, a suburb within Greater Phoenix (and to be fair, Tucson probably does deserve its own segment - and I'll highlight one feature below). Desert sunset. (Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) But Scottsdale has a distinct character all its own. The resort town is renowned for its first-class spas, and is practically synonymous with golf. In fact, tourism is the primary economic engine, with only New York and Las Vegas having more AAA Five-Diamond resorts. What to Do Fashion plays a prominent role in Scottsdale, and downtown ...
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Liz Kozak: Second City's All-Time Favorite Chicago Movies
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Emanuel? Emanuel? Emanuel? Mayor Rahm declared that today's Blackhawks celebration would give everyone in the city a chance to "feel like Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In honor of the unofficial official holiday, we asked our Second City family to share their all-time favorite Chicago flicks. About Last Night Based off a Mamet Play, screenplay by Second City's own Tim Kazurinski, and featuring Jim Belushi in his finest role. "Where did she develop her personality... a car crash?" -- Ronnie Feldman, Product Director, RealBiz Shorts Backdraft Hot, sweaty heroes. I watched it twelve times in the theater the summer it was released. - -Lisa Linke, Lead Facilitator, Second City Communications The Blues Brothers Greatest film soundtrack, period. -- Chrissy Borne, Account Coordinator, BizCo I can quote the whole damn thing. -- Dujuan Pritchett, Head Stage Manager, Training Center Who could argue with the wisdom of Jake and Elwood? "It's 106 miles to Chicago, ...
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John Farr: 11 Essential New York City Movies
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Reviewing my Huffington Post archive recently, I was reminded that my very first piece, published on the sixth anniversary of 9/11, concerned New York City movies that brought back the city of my youth, which (to age myself) was during the seventies and eighties. A decidedly grittier town back then, it was no less exciting. As a native New Yorker who has never really left, and never wanted to, it felt totally appropriate for New York movies to be the topic of my first entry. And now, nearly six years later, it feels ripe for revisiting. It's a point of pride that no other city has so many good movies set in it as New York. Even a cursory Google search yields literally hundreds of titles shot here. I challenged myself to winnow down this massive list to a manageable number of classics that I would pick to own and watch till the end of my days. Not content with the typical top ten list, I went for 11 quintessentially New York movies I simply couldn't live without ...
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British Tourists Angry At £54 Ice Cream Bill - Sky News - Sky News
Google News - almost 4 years
NEWS.com.au British Tourists Angry At £54 Ice Cream Bill - Sky News Sky News A British family calls the charge for four ice cream cones at a Rome bar "incredible" - as consumer chiefs order an investigation. 11:01pm UK, Monday 06 May 2013. (L-R) Steve Bannister, Joyce Bannister, Wendy Bannister and Roger Bannister ... British tourists complaint over £54 ice cream hits a nerve in RomeTelegraph.co.uk British tourists charged £54 for just FOUR ice creams in Rome café reigniting ...Daily Mail British tourists irate at $82 ice cream in RomeNEWS.com.au all 9 news articles »
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Marlo Thomas: The Curious History of Women Who 'Passed' As Men In Pursuit of a Dream
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Of the many things I can't imagine myself doing -- like jumping out of an airplane -- I'd have to say that posing as a man would be pretty difficult for me. And who'd believe it? I'd make such a tiny little guy. Before Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot -- throughout history and in almost every culture -- disguising one's gender has been a common plotline in folklore, literature and theater. Cross-dressing gods and goddesses frequently populated Greek, Norse and Hindu mythology; and Shakespeare's plotlines often featured women characters posing as men-- sometimes for their own safety, other times to break out of the submissive role society had forced on them. Outside of fiction, women's attempts to "pass" as a man have often been a desperate response to professional or societal roadblocks. Some felt they needed to adopt the masquerade in order to break into male-dominated fields. Others simply w ...
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Marilyn, Jack and Tony reunite
Bury Free Press - almost 4 years
Some Like It Hotter is touring the UK and visiting Ipsiwch from May 21-25. Written by Richard Hurford (Pilot Theatre Company/Sheffield Theatres) it imagines a heavenly meeting between three Hollywood legends: Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.
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Video: All That Mattered: "Some Like it Hot" opened in theaters
CBS News - almost 4 years
On this day 54 years ago, "Some Like it Hot" opened in theaters starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.
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Nina Camp: My Really Personal Ad
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Hi! I've never written before about who I am and what I want in a relationship, but here goes. I'll be as specific as possible because I know that's the only way to get what you want in a mate -- and in life! Generally, I like to have fun. Surprise me! If you can make me laugh, we're off to a good start. Especially if we start S-L-O-W-L-Y. Like Joanne Woodward said, friendship is key. She and Paul Newman "really liked" each other, ie., if you're in a mad rush to find your soul mate, STOP READING NOW. About me: Creative type. I'm always looking for ways to express myself. What I believe in: A whole, healing spirit that connects us all but also includes unconscionable evil and impenetrable mystery. What I'm up for: Friendship, dating, long-term relationship, short-to-long-term-relationship. Re: Sex: Vanilla, but mildly fetish-y OK as long no one gets peed on or humiliated or videoed and it results in nothing worse than superficial bruises (burst blood vessels?) ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Curtis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 84
    His remains were interred at Palm Memorial Park Cemetery in Henderson, Nevada, on October 4, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details His memorial service was attended by his daughters, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Rich Little; and Vera Goulet, Robert Goulet's widow. Investor Kirk Kerkorian, actor Kirk Douglas and singer Phyllis McGuire were among the honorary pallbearers. For a number of years Curtis was voted by exhibitors in an annual poll from Quigley Publishing as among the top stars in the US:
    On July 8, 2010, Curtis, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), was hospitalized in Las Vegas after suffering an asthma attack during a book-signing engagement in Henderson, Nevada, where he lived.
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  • 2009
    Age 83
    On May 22, 2009, Curtis apologized to the BBC radio audience after he used three profanities in a six-minute interview with BBC presenter William Crawley.
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  • 2008
    Age 82
    In October 2008, Curtis's autobiography American Prince: A Memoir, was published.
    More Details Hide Details In it, he describes his encounters with other Hollywood legends of the time including Frank Sinatra and James Dean, as well as his hard-knock childhood and path to success. It was followed by the publication of his next book, The Making of Some Like it Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie (2009). Curtis shared his memories of the making of the movie, in particular about Marilyn Monroe, whose antics and attitude on the set made everyone miserable.
    In 2008, he was featured in the documentary The Jill & Tony Curtis Story about his efforts with his wife to rescue horses from slaughterhouses.
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  • 2006
    Age 80
    Curtis nearly died when he contracted pneumonia in December 2006 and was in a coma for more than a month.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, he used a wheelchair afterwards and could walk only short distances.
  • 2004
    Age 78
    In 2004, he was inducted into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details A street is named after him in the Sun City Anthem development in Henderson, Nevada.
  • 1994
    Age 68
    He underwent heart bypass surgery in 1994, after suffering a heart attack.
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    Also in 1994, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service and his subsequent acting career.
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    In 1994, a mural featuring his likeness, painted by the artist George Sportelli, was unveiled on the Sunset Boulevard overpass of the Hollywood Freeway Highway 101 in California.
    More Details Hide Details The mural was relocated to Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Avenue in September 2011.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 39
    In 1965, Tony Curtis was animated in an episode of The Flintstones; he also voiced his character Stoney Curtis.
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  • 1962
    Age 36
    It was Leigh's third marriage. They divorced in 1962 and, in 1963, Curtis married Christine Kaufmann, the 17-year-old German co-star of his latest film, Taras Bulba. He stated that his marriage with Leigh had effectively ended "a year earlier". Curtis and Kaufmann had two daughters, Alexandra (born July 19, 1964) and Allegra (born July 11, 1966). They divorced in 1968. Kaufmann resumed her career, which she had interrupted during her marriage. Curtis was also married to: His last wife was 42 years his junior. They met in a restaurant in 1993 and married in 1998. "The age gap doesn't bother us.
    More Details Hide Details We laugh a lot. My body is functioning and everything is good. She's the sexiest woman I've ever known. We don't think about time. I don't use Viagra either. There are 50 ways to please your lover." His son Nicholas (December 31, 1970 – April 2, 1994, with Leslie Allen) died of a heroin overdose at the age of 23. On his son's death, Curtis remarked, "You never get over that. The death of a child. No. Can't talk about it," and that it was "a terrible thing when a father loses his son." According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Curtis, who had a problem with alcoholism and drug abuse, went through the treatment center of the Betty Ford Clinic in the mid-1980s, which was successful for him. Beginning in 1990, Curtis and his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis took a renewed interest in their family's Hungarian Jewish heritage, and helped finance the rebuilding of the "Great Synagogue" in Budapest, Hungary. The largest synagogue in Europe today, it was originally built in 1859 and suffered damage during World War II. In 1998, he also founded the Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture, and served as honorary chairman. The organization works for the restoration and preservation of synagogues and 1300 Jewish cemeteries in Hungary. He dedicated this to the 600,000 Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Hungary and lands occupied by the Hungarian Army.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 25
    Curtis was married six times. His first wife was actress Janet Leigh, to whom he was married from 1951 to 1962, and with whom he fathered actresses Kelly and Jamie Lee. "For a while, we were Hollywood's golden couple," he said. "I was very dedicated and devoted to Janet, and on top of my trade, but in her eyes that goldenness started to wear off.
    More Details Hide Details I realized that whatever I was, I wasn't enough for Janet. That hurt me a lot and broke my heart." The studio he was under contract with, Universal-International, generally stayed out of their stars' love lives. However, when they chose to get married, studio executives spent three days trying to talk him out of it, telling him he would be "poisoning himself at the box office." They threatened "banishment" back to the Bronx and the end of his budding career. In response, Curtis and Leigh decided to defy the studio heads and instead eloped and were married by a local judge in Greenwich, Connecticut. Comedian and close friend Jerry Lewis came as a witness.
  • 1948
    Age 22
    In 1948, Curtis arrived in Hollywood at age 23.
    More Details Hide Details When he was placed under contract at Universal Pictures, he changed his name from Bernard Schwartz to Tony Curtis. It is also the same studio where he met unknown actors Rock Hudson, Julie Adams and Piper Laurie. The first name was from the novel Anthony Adverse and "Curtis" was from Kurtz. a surname in his mother's family. Although Universal Pictures taught him fencing and riding, in keeping with the cinematic themes of the era, Curtis admitted he was at first interested only in girls and money. Neither was he hopeful of his chances of becoming a major star. Curtis's biggest fear was having to return home to the Bronx as a failure: I was a million-to-one shot, the least likely to succeed. I wasn't low man on the totem pole, I was under the totem pole, in a sewer, tied to a sack.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1945
    Age 19
    On September 2, 1945, Curtis witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from his ship's signal bridge about a mile away.
    More Details Hide Details Following his discharge from the Navy, Curtis attended City College of New York on the G.I. Bill. He then studied acting at The New School in Greenwich Village under the influential German stage director Erwin Piscator. His contemporaries included Elaine Stritch, Walter Matthau, Beatrice Arthur, and Rod Steiger. While still at college, Curtis was discovered by Joyce Selznick, the notable talent agent, casting director, and niece of film producer David O. Selznick.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925, in the Bronx, New York, to Helen (née Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were Slovak and Hungarian Jewish immigrants: his father was born in Ópályi, near Mátészalka, and his mother was a native of Nagymihály (contemporary Michalovce, Slovakia); she later said she arrived in the US from Losonc (Lučenec). He did not learn English until he was five or six, postponing his schooling. His father was a tailor and the family lived in the back of the shop—his parents in one corner and Curtis and his brothers Julius and Robert in another. His mother once made an appearance as a participant on the television show You Bet Your Life, hosted by Groucho Marx. Curtis said, "When I was a child, Mom beat me up and was very aggressive and antagonistic." His mother was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. His brother Robert was institutionalized with the same mental illness. When Curtis was eight, he and his brother Julius were placed in an orphanage for a month because their parents could not afford to feed them. Four years later, Julius was struck and killed by a truck. Curtis joined a neighborhood gang whose main crimes were playing hooky from school and minor pilfering at the local dime store. When Curtis was 11, a friendly neighbor saved him from what he felt would have led to a life of delinquency by sending him to a Boy Scout camp, where he was able to work off his energy and settle down.
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