Go Retro's Retro Hottie of the Month: Tony Curtis!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Thanks, everyone, for the well wishes! Vermont was nice - perfect fall weather (sadly, the leaves were not so vibrant this year), good cheese, cider, wine, and even Mexican food. Just like when I was a kid, I enjoyed watching the scenery change and the hills get higher while riding up there. There's something about seeing mountains appear in the horizon that still excites me. 

Anyways, I'm back to my blog...and this month's Retro Hottie choice was actually tough considering it's the month John Lennon would have turned 70 years old. However, when someone like Tony Curtis dies, it's the end of an era. He had a remarkable life in that he overcame a lot of childhood difficulties to become a legendary actor, starring in famous films such as The Defiant Ones, The Sweet Smell of Success, Some Like It Hot, Spartacus (the only Roman with a New York accent to be captured on camera), and The Boston Strangler, not to mention numerous TV roles including the voice of "Stony Curtis" on The Flintstones.

Born Bernard Schwartz, he only spoke Hungarian for the first 5 years of his life, which postponed his education. His mother suffered from schizophrenia and beat him, and when he was eight, he and his brother Julius were placed in an orphanage for a month because their parents could not afford to take care of them. Four years later, Julius was hit by a truck and killed.

He was married six times - as I'm sure everyone knows, his first wife was Janet Leigh, and the union produced the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. 

I love Some Like It Hot, and definitely list it as one of my favorite comedies of all time. I have such fond memories of watching it with my dad.
Here's a mini collection of Curtis pics. He definitely was dreamy back in the day...even as a woman.

Curtis could also claim to be one of the famous figures included on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. So for fun, I'm throwing in a photo of the Beatles - rocking their Tony Curtis hairstyles.


  1. Nice tribute. Tony was hilarious. Bea Arthur used to have joke about him in her one woman show, but I can't remember exactly how it goes. It has something to do with the fact that no one thought he would make it. But he did.

    I was just reading about his funeral, and it made me so sad, even though I know he lived a long life. I agree, it's the end of an era.

  2. Very nice tribute girlie! He indeed led a full life, and was assuredly the envy of many a man!

  3. I loved "Some like it hot", too!

  4. Great tribute to such an icon. He is definitely going to be sorely missed. I love all the photos you posted.

  5. I'm glad to hear that you had a good time in Vermont despite the disappointment of the leaves. I really liked that movie Some Like It Hot. I think it's the only thing that I've ever seen him in. Now that you mention it, he is rather handsome. Nice photos.


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