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“All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.” He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation—Elvis copied his look and the Beatles put him on their “All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.” He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation—Elvis copied his look and the Beatles put him on their Sgt. Pepper album cover. But the Hollywood life of his dreams brought both invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his captivating, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye. No simple tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood during its heyday. Curtis revisits his immense body of work—including the unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus, and Some Like It Hot—and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, and film industry heavyweight Lew Wasserman, as well as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others. As forthright as he is enthralling, Tony Curtis offers intimate glimpses into his succession of failed marriages (and the one that has endured), his destructive drug addiction, and his passion as a painter. Written with humor and grace, American Prince is a testament to the power of living the life of one’s dreams.


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“All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.” He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation—Elvis copied his look and the Beatles put him on their “All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.” He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation—Elvis copied his look and the Beatles put him on their Sgt. Pepper album cover. But the Hollywood life of his dreams brought both invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his captivating, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye. No simple tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood during its heyday. Curtis revisits his immense body of work—including the unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus, and Some Like It Hot—and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, and film industry heavyweight Lew Wasserman, as well as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others. As forthright as he is enthralling, Tony Curtis offers intimate glimpses into his succession of failed marriages (and the one that has endured), his destructive drug addiction, and his passion as a painter. Written with humor and grace, American Prince is a testament to the power of living the life of one’s dreams.

30 review for American Prince: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    having now read the book, I can honestly say that it was a hard book to put down. curtis is so brash and bombastic, it's like listening to a favorite uncle regale you with stories from his youth. You suspect that they are somewhat embellished for your benefit, but yet you enjoy them just the same. Curtis' stories of his early time in Hollywood are a delightful peek into the last days of the studio system. HIs story of returning to NY and meeting Walter Matthou (sp?) is probably the funniest thing having now read the book, I can honestly say that it was a hard book to put down. curtis is so brash and bombastic, it's like listening to a favorite uncle regale you with stories from his youth. You suspect that they are somewhat embellished for your benefit, but yet you enjoy them just the same. Curtis' stories of his early time in Hollywood are a delightful peek into the last days of the studio system. HIs story of returning to NY and meeting Walter Matthou (sp?) is probably the funniest thing in the entire book Both sweet and sour, Curtis reveals himself to be an engaging individual. Just ask him. He'd agree.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tom Emory Jr.

    Tom Emory, Jr. Review -- Tony Curtis never escaped his roots. The fame and success were not enough. He wanted everyone to love him and bow to him, and his way of demeaning people in his autobiography is indicative of his lack of upbringing, education, refinement and love. A suitable subtitle for this work could have been "It was everybody else's fault." I'd recommend this book but as an education piece of what success and overindulgence does to a person who likely doesn't deserve the rewards he Tom Emory, Jr. Review -- Tony Curtis never escaped his roots. The fame and success were not enough. He wanted everyone to love him and bow to him, and his way of demeaning people in his autobiography is indicative of his lack of upbringing, education, refinement and love. A suitable subtitle for this work could have been "It was everybody else's fault." I'd recommend this book but as an education piece of what success and overindulgence does to a person who likely doesn't deserve the rewards he gets. I've always liked Tony Curtis but this does take some gloss off his performances. It reveals a shallow man with shallower attitudes towards women, success, fame, business and the profession that created him.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    It was hard to like this book because Tony Curtis comes across as such a macho pig egotist. He certainly had a tough childhood, but he's way too boastful about his conquests. You sorta wonder if he's all talk but not really that much action. He hardly ever mentions his children, as if they didn't matter. You find out that he had his first daughter only when he describes Janet Leigh's problems having his second, Jamie Lee. Anyway, his current wife may feel he's great, as she notes in her intro, b It was hard to like this book because Tony Curtis comes across as such a macho pig egotist. He certainly had a tough childhood, but he's way too boastful about his conquests. You sorta wonder if he's all talk but not really that much action. He hardly ever mentions his children, as if they didn't matter. You find out that he had his first daughter only when he describes Janet Leigh's problems having his second, Jamie Lee. Anyway, his current wife may feel he's great, as she notes in her intro, but she may be the only one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Briana Alzola

    What this book boils down to is this paraphrase: "You guys, Tony Curtis may be troubled but he's really, really handsome and he totally slept with Marilyn Monroe." - Tony Curtis I found Curtis a bit pompous (although he did earn back some humility credit toward the end), hypocritical (Furious when his wives he had affairs even though he did all the time, at least he "was discrete about it) and ill-focused (I spent more time learning about his sexual conquests than his brother's childhood death). What this book boils down to is this paraphrase: "You guys, Tony Curtis may be troubled but he's really, really handsome and he totally slept with Marilyn Monroe." - Tony Curtis I found Curtis a bit pompous (although he did earn back some humility credit toward the end), hypocritical (Furious when his wives he had affairs even though he did all the time, at least he "was discrete about it) and ill-focused (I spent more time learning about his sexual conquests than his brother's childhood death).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roxy

    A bombastic, narcissist, womanizer and highly entertaining, Curtis was a terrible son, brother, husband, and father. I enjoyed parts of this, reading about old Hollywood actors, but I wanted to spank him. He would have loved it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joy H.

    _American Prince: A Memoir_ (2008) by Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock, Mitch Greenberg (Narrator) Added 9/23/11 I listened to the audio version of this book. It's a tell-all book and I enjoyed it very much. There was something very charming about Tony Curtis. He died in 2010 at the age of 85. He had a great career at the beginning but it went downhill as he aged. It's sad to think about it. He married 5 times and had 6 children altogether. Of course, the famous one is Jamie Lee Curtis, whom he had with _American Prince: A Memoir_ (2008) by Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock, Mitch Greenberg (Narrator) Added 9/23/11 I listened to the audio version of this book. It's a tell-all book and I enjoyed it very much. There was something very charming about Tony Curtis. He died in 2010 at the age of 85. He had a great career at the beginning but it went downhill as he aged. It's sad to think about it. He married 5 times and had 6 children altogether. Of course, the famous one is Jamie Lee Curtis, whom he had with his first wife, actress Janet Leigh. The audio-book is read by Mitch Greenberg. He sounds very similar to Tony Curtis in expression. I imagine that's intentional. I wish Tony Curtis had read it, but Greenberg does a good job. Curtis' Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Curtis Below is another GR member's review of this book. Gail writes: ============================== "having now read the book, I can honestly say that it was a hard book to put down. curtis is so brash and bombastic, it's like listening to a favorite uncle regale you with stories from his youth. You suspect that they are somewhat embellished for your benefit, but yet you enjoy them just the same. "Curtis' stories of his early time in Hollywood are a delightful peek into the last days of the studio system. HIs story of returning to NY and meeting Walter Matthou (sp?) is probably the funniest thing in the entire book "Both sweet and sour, Curtis reveals himself to be an engaging individual. "Just ask him. He'd agree." FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... ============================ Yes, there are parts of the book where I wondered if the anecdotes were really true or not. But they were entertaining, nevertheless.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Curtis' autobiography. I appreciated his candor, and loved all the stories. After reading this book, I had a sense of the actor as a person. As a long time fan of his many fine performances, I read this book in a day--could not put it down. However, while the early part of the book gave me a sense of the man and his life, the latter part felt rushed, as if the author wanted to finish the book and was no longer interested in the project, or had nothing to say. Thi I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Curtis' autobiography. I appreciated his candor, and loved all the stories. After reading this book, I had a sense of the actor as a person. As a long time fan of his many fine performances, I read this book in a day--could not put it down. However, while the early part of the book gave me a sense of the man and his life, the latter part felt rushed, as if the author wanted to finish the book and was no longer interested in the project, or had nothing to say. This was a pity because it was started out so well. I would have also liked more from the author on his insights into acting, how he honed his craft, and how he created his performances, his process; perhaps some insights into the acting of other actors who worked with him. It also felt unfinished in the sense of not reaching a conclusion; a more detailed description of where the author was today might have helped. If not for these things, I would have rated the book higher. Still, I recommend it as a very good read from an actor who was really good at his craft.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Macatee

    I tried. I really did. I have never particularly cared for Tony Curtis but I liked a lot of the movies he was in so I was hoping for some interesting stories. Unfortunately, the only thing that comes across in this book is that Tony Curtis was a complete and absolute pig. He was selfish, whiny, arrogant, pathetic excuse for a human being, let alone a man. He treated women like objects and used the fact that he had a tough childhood as a Jew on the east side of New York as an excuse for every pro I tried. I really did. I have never particularly cared for Tony Curtis but I liked a lot of the movies he was in so I was hoping for some interesting stories. Unfortunately, the only thing that comes across in this book is that Tony Curtis was a complete and absolute pig. He was selfish, whiny, arrogant, pathetic excuse for a human being, let alone a man. He treated women like objects and used the fact that he had a tough childhood as a Jew on the east side of New York as an excuse for every problem he ever had in life. I am not saying that he didn't have his struggles. He certainly did. And antisemitism is a very real and hateful thing. But come on. At some point in your life you have to decide how you are going to live your life, not how your life is going to live you. As I said, I never really cared for Tony Curtis as an actor or in interviews. Now I know why. He was an ass.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Many years ago I read a ghost-written autobiography of Shelley Winters, in which she claimed Tony Curtis was her first cousin, and that he was instrumental in her breaking into Hollywood. She even included a long Hollywood story about being with him at a party and "accidentally" getting into a producer's home office while looking for a bathroom--and finding a portrait of Hitler on the wall. Uh-huh. Sure. Interestingly enough, in his own memoir Curtis makes no such claim of kinship with Ms Winter Many years ago I read a ghost-written autobiography of Shelley Winters, in which she claimed Tony Curtis was her first cousin, and that he was instrumental in her breaking into Hollywood. She even included a long Hollywood story about being with him at a party and "accidentally" getting into a producer's home office while looking for a bathroom--and finding a portrait of Hitler on the wall. Uh-huh. Sure. Interestingly enough, in his own memoir Curtis makes no such claim of kinship with Ms Winters; he apparently never met her until they worked together on a film, found her difficult to work with, and disliked her most profoundly. No partying, nor even an attempt to seduce her--and that says a lot. The first half of this book was interesting, the rags-to-riches story of a New York inner-city boy who, like Danny Wilde in the Persuaders, made good. (In fact, they used some of Curtis' personal photos for the montage at the beginning of that series). Like many actors of the time, Curtis had a family history of mental illness: his father suffered from depression, his mother was extreme and violent, his much-younger brother was schizophrenic, and he himself dealt with bouts of black depression. Movies were an escape--and what better escape than to act in those movies, and be "someone else" for the weeks of filming? After he made good, however, things started to slide. There are plenty of "Hollywood moments" of the type that sound more wish-fulfillment than reality, such as his budding romance with Marylin Monroe and Natalie Wood (both of whom were deceased at the time of writing, and therefore could niether confirm nor deny). His much-mentioned "sensitivity" was all on his own side (as so often happens): he was sensitive to his own needs, his own problems, but used people (particularly women) in the most cavalier manner. No wonder he went through so many marriages; in his world, it was okay to engage in one-night stands while he was married, because "they didn't mean anything". Meaningless sex with a stranger is apparently acceptable, as long as you're "discreet". However when he discovers that one of his many wives is playing the field in his absence, he is upset because after all, he wasn't going to be "cuckolded and stand idly by." Ah, yes. The good old double standard. Hardly surprising that he ran out of friends and jobs by the late 70s. In dealing with the reasons behind his cocaine addiction at Betty Ford, he apparently never adressed his inability to keep his fly zipped and his trouser snake under control. As a kid, I fell hard for Curtis when watching The Persuaders. Of course in those days we always had a black and white TV, usually second-hand. Not until the new millenium did I see it in colour, on DVD--and you could have knocked me over with a piece of spaghetti when I learned he had blue eyes! On BW TV they showed up dark, and I had assumed since Roger Moore was blonde they had found a dark "foil" to play Wilde. Not only that, but in that series Curtis' hair colour varied--not just from one episode to the next, but often from one shot to the next! This memoir took a bit of the shine off my childhood memories of that series, but that's what happens when you grow up. One thing I did notice, which made me aware that this memoir was ghost written: the preponderance of British turns of phrase that jarred with his quintessentially profane New Yorker style. One moment he'd be calling someone an MF, and the next he'd speak of something being "spot on" or of "chatting up" a girl (instead of being "right on" or "flirting", much more natural for a New Yorker of his age).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tlingit

    When I first saw Ray Liotta I thought of Tony Curtis. I haven't read a book on Liotta yet so I can't compare the two except in looks. The dark hair, light eyes and pouty lip seem to have become a "look". Anyways, who cares? Looks are looks and substance is a bit deeper. I always thought of Curtis as a fop. Not much substance but pretty to look at. This book shows the detail behind the actor in his own words. It's actually a good study in a not so self aware person who wants people to like them b When I first saw Ray Liotta I thought of Tony Curtis. I haven't read a book on Liotta yet so I can't compare the two except in looks. The dark hair, light eyes and pouty lip seem to have become a "look". Anyways, who cares? Looks are looks and substance is a bit deeper. I always thought of Curtis as a fop. Not much substance but pretty to look at. This book shows the detail behind the actor in his own words. It's actually a good study in a not so self aware person who wants people to like them but won't take responsibility when it comes to their own crappy behaviors and decisions. His life has dimension but his morals are corrupt. And he has seemingly no self awareness of why others expect certain things from him and get mad when he lets them down. I enjoyed this book. Once I read it and looked back over it I found Curtis an often lucky man who was a womanizer. And I don't mean that in a cruel way. He's like one of those stupid young boys that can't commit to one job and bounces around. The book though really is a great story, the story of an improbable actor who was able to succeed and experienced many positive experiences without really dedicating himself to any.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I had to find out the difference b/w a memoir and an autobiography. Apparenetly an autobiography should go in sequential order of earliest memory to .... Where a memoir might just touch one topic of the person's life or one aspect and does not read necessarily in order. Both genres are told in the first person. The book itself was a easy read. Tony Curtis a womanizer who cheated on all his wives and went crazy (really came unbalanced) when one of his young wives did the same to him. He was once I had to find out the difference b/w a memoir and an autobiography. Apparenetly an autobiography should go in sequential order of earliest memory to .... Where a memoir might just touch one topic of the person's life or one aspect and does not read necessarily in order. Both genres are told in the first person. The book itself was a easy read. Tony Curtis a womanizer who cheated on all his wives and went crazy (really came unbalanced) when one of his young wives did the same to him. He was once married to Janet Leigh (woman who most known for the shower scene where she is murdered in the movie Pycho. He knew all the "stars of that era" Frank, Sammy, Cary Grant etc. He slept with Marilyn Monroe and countless others from his account. If you like him, you will like this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    William

    I listened to the audiobook whose narrator was not the author himself but remarkably a man whose voice sounded like the Tony Curtis from years ago. Curtis does not hold back on his interesting revelations of the debauchery and sometimes drugs that made up much of his life as a Hollywood star. Interesting, too, were the descriptions of his life before he was famous (how he did suffer in his youth!) as well as his life after he fell from favor. He does try hard to explain away many of his faults a I listened to the audiobook whose narrator was not the author himself but remarkably a man whose voice sounded like the Tony Curtis from years ago. Curtis does not hold back on his interesting revelations of the debauchery and sometimes drugs that made up much of his life as a Hollywood star. Interesting, too, were the descriptions of his life before he was famous (how he did suffer in his youth!) as well as his life after he fell from favor. He does try hard to explain away many of his faults and mistakes (who knew they were so numerous?), but the fact that he even discusses them makes his attitude bearable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deodand

    I'm surprised to find that I haven't seen much of Curtis's screen work, in spite of the fact that I like him as an actor. And man, wasn't he gorgeous? They don't make them like that anymore. He got more ass than the town bicycle seat, which he freely admits in this memoir. I found his complicated relationships with women were the most interesting part, and I'm sure Curtis would agree. Looks like it all starts with his terrible mother abusing him - he has spent the rest of his life looking for th I'm surprised to find that I haven't seen much of Curtis's screen work, in spite of the fact that I like him as an actor. And man, wasn't he gorgeous? They don't make them like that anymore. He got more ass than the town bicycle seat, which he freely admits in this memoir. I found his complicated relationships with women were the most interesting part, and I'm sure Curtis would agree. Looks like it all starts with his terrible mother abusing him - he has spent the rest of his life looking for the reassuring female role model he never had. And with that face he could test-drive lots of candidates! If you like juicy biographies, Curtis will deliver for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I have always thought that Tony Curtis was one of the most beautiful males ever created. This was a great insight into the man behind the pretty face. He took a lot of things in stride ( such as always being thought of as gay, he was not) I loved the parts when he first broke into Hollywood. Running around town, free and easy. A typical golden boy , he seemed to really love the ladies and presented himself as a true gentleman. Hated that he cheated on his wife constantly, but was all kinds of u I have always thought that Tony Curtis was one of the most beautiful males ever created. This was a great insight into the man behind the pretty face. He took a lot of things in stride ( such as always being thought of as gay, he was not) I loved the parts when he first broke into Hollywood. Running around town, free and easy. A typical golden boy , he seemed to really love the ladies and presented himself as a true gentleman. Hated that he cheated on his wife constantly, but was all kinds of upset when he discovered that she was being unfaithful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    JOE C

    Loved Tony Curtis. Story a little far fetched and maybe exaggerated but all in all very enjoyable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joel Bain

    Tony Curtis as an actor was always one of my favourite actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood, so naturally I scooped up this memoir with much interest. Sadly though, American Prince: A Memoir doesn't really stand out as a biographical work. Instead it reads as a chronology of Curtis' life with small tidbit stories along the way that don't really add up to another more than their parts. The most revealing and interesting parts of Curtis' biography were him talking about his naval career and his b Tony Curtis as an actor was always one of my favourite actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood, so naturally I scooped up this memoir with much interest. Sadly though, American Prince: A Memoir doesn't really stand out as a biographical work. Instead it reads as a chronology of Curtis' life with small tidbit stories along the way that don't really add up to another more than their parts. The most revealing and interesting parts of Curtis' biography were him talking about his naval career and his battle with his cocaine addiction. It might have read better in a third-person narrative since in the first-person a lot of Curtis' escapades, particularly his sexual dalliances, come off as either gentle bragging or an old guy recalling his former vitality as a sex symbol of a bygone era. The writing itself retained a voice of that old guy as well, which I wouldn't say has aged the book well for a wider audience. But perhaps that wasn't the goal, seeking a wider audience. Maybe this memoir was intentionally positioned for readers from a different time. I wouldn't say I regretted reading American Prince, as I enjoyed reading about what he did and accomplished, but this memoir pales in comparison to some of Curtis' greatest, most enjoyable performances for me in Some Like It Hot or The Great Race.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    I really like Tony Curtis as an actor. Based on this book he was probably pretty fun to be around. But be warned, this is definitely a tell-all book. And he tells it in the gritty language he grew up with on the streets of New York. And the story is all Tony, all the time. Tony covers his childhood and his escape from home into the Navy. Then his discovery of acting and being discovered as an actor and sent to Hollywood. There are the struggles of a new actor who is just a pretty face (with great I really like Tony Curtis as an actor. Based on this book he was probably pretty fun to be around. But be warned, this is definitely a tell-all book. And he tells it in the gritty language he grew up with on the streets of New York. And the story is all Tony, all the time. Tony covers his childhood and his escape from home into the Navy. Then his discovery of acting and being discovered as an actor and sent to Hollywood. There are the struggles of a new actor who is just a pretty face (with great hair), the success of being an actor who is perceived as just a pretty face, and the waning years of a had-been actor who still has a pretty face, but is too old for leading man roles. Throughout, he names names, the good and bad (in his mind). All in all, I enjoyed listening to the book. Obviously, this is all from Tony's point of view. It would be interesting to hear the other side of some of these stories. I wished Tony himself would have read it, but at least the voice actor didn't try to sound like him.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This was pretty good. You really get a feel for the person, and can hear his "voice" through the narrative. The pacing is about right, not too overboard with his films, nor his life, a good balance like you're listening to him as a friend. And the little bits you pick up about other actors he encountered, Janet Leigh, Marilyn Monore, Frank Sinatra, Mae West are priceless bits. You see how through his rough childhood, it influenced the women he was involved with and the films he took on until his d This was pretty good. You really get a feel for the person, and can hear his "voice" through the narrative. The pacing is about right, not too overboard with his films, nor his life, a good balance like you're listening to him as a friend. And the little bits you pick up about other actors he encountered, Janet Leigh, Marilyn Monore, Frank Sinatra, Mae West are priceless bits. You see how through his rough childhood, it influenced the women he was involved with and the films he took on until his death, since it was written two years before he passed away. He really shows how awful Hollywood is to both male and female actors once they hit a certain age. I guess I've never understood why Hollywood does this. I DO NOT WANT to see 20 and 30-somethings always hogging all the films, the scripts always written for them. You reach your late 40's and game over. Why? I'd rather see older characters played by older actors like REAL life. But it seems Tony always bounced back. He was like what J-Lo is today, the kid who came from nothing and scratched his way up.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    For those of you who like honest, open memoirs written with "no holds barred"....this ought to be very appealing. I prefer when writers write openly about their revelations, confessions, regrets and joys with readers...and I felt Mr. Curtis did this. There is also plenty of info in here that I didn't know before but I can't say for sure if a die hard Curtis fan would already know these facts about his marriages, estrangements from children, resentments about roles that went to other actors, etc. For those of you who like honest, open memoirs written with "no holds barred"....this ought to be very appealing. I prefer when writers write openly about their revelations, confessions, regrets and joys with readers...and I felt Mr. Curtis did this. There is also plenty of info in here that I didn't know before but I can't say for sure if a die hard Curtis fan would already know these facts about his marriages, estrangements from children, resentments about roles that went to other actors, etc. For me, much of the information was new and I also enjoyed the style of this book. For those he likes (Sidney Poitier), his affection is clear. For those he hates, he pulls no punches and isn't particularly kind toward Jerry Lewis or Danny Kaye, among others. As hard as he can be on some actors, Curtis is also able to look at himself with judgment, admitting to his shortcomings as both spouse and father. He isn't particularly close to Jamie Lynn Curtis or his other children.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura Jet

    Read this book pretty quickly as I became immersed in the mans life. It was very personal, as if he was telling me the story directly, I could imagine his monotone voice speaking to me (mainly because of the dialect that he uses).I think I loved it so much because he is generally a good person, whom everyone loves to be around, and very easy to sympathise with because of this. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was finding out about some of the people whom Curtis looked up to in the movie Read this book pretty quickly as I became immersed in the mans life. It was very personal, as if he was telling me the story directly, I could imagine his monotone voice speaking to me (mainly because of the dialect that he uses).I think I loved it so much because he is generally a good person, whom everyone loves to be around, and very easy to sympathise with because of this. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was finding out about some of the people whom Curtis looked up to in the movie industry. You feel just as happy as him when he describes meeting them. Curtis's personal life was also extremely intriguing, especially his romances. I think I will defiantly read this again one day in the future as it is one of the best biographies that I have read. Tony Curtis is such a underrated actor.

  21. 5 out of 5

    GoldGato

    Tony Curtis was never one of my favorites, but the Golden Boy of the Golden Age had a life story that I wanted to read. He truly lived life, regardless of whether we agree with it or not. He started with a multitude of swashbuckling screen roles before expanding into some classics. He always had charm and that trait also comes across in his memoir. I just couldn't get past his constant whining about not being taken seriously as an act-or. Good grief. Get over it. Cary Grant, Oliver Reed, Richard Tony Curtis was never one of my favorites, but the Golden Boy of the Golden Age had a life story that I wanted to read. He truly lived life, regardless of whether we agree with it or not. He started with a multitude of swashbuckling screen roles before expanding into some classics. He always had charm and that trait also comes across in his memoir. I just couldn't get past his constant whining about not being taken seriously as an act-or. Good grief. Get over it. Cary Grant, Oliver Reed, Richard Burton, and Peter O'Toole never won Oscars, so Curtis's belief that he ranked with the best was a bit too much. He is certainly honest, though, even titling one of his chapters, "Cocaine". Now, that's why we buy celebrity autobiographies. Book Season = Summer (on the beach)

  22. 4 out of 5

    iloveromance

    Before I read Tony Curtis' autobiography, I hardly knew anything about him.After finishing the book, I know more about him than I ever cared to know. He's extremely open and honest and doesn't hold anything back. The most interesting chapters are those at the beginning where he discusses his childhood and the chapter on "Some Like It Hot". He's a wonderful actor, but what most people aren't aware of is his tattered childhood, which seemed to mold him into what he became.I started to feel sorry for Before I read Tony Curtis' autobiography, I hardly knew anything about him.After finishing the book, I know more about him than I ever cared to know. He's extremely open and honest and doesn't hold anything back. The most interesting chapters are those at the beginning where he discusses his childhood and the chapter on "Some Like It Hot". He's a wonderful actor, but what most people aren't aware of is his tattered childhood, which seemed to mold him into what he became.I started to feel sorry for him, but then he seemed determined to let the world know about his infidelities and relationships with numerous women. I could have done without a lot of the coarse language, but all in all it's a must-read for any Tony Curtis fan!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vincent Eaton

    Being a Hollywood born boy, I still enjoy getting some eye candy with autobiographies of that time. Curtis subtitled this book "An American Prince". It would have been more precise if it was about a man who didn't know himself. A sexual addict (before the term became a term) full of inferiority complexes and a crap childhood. Hard to impossible to find an insights or interesting reflections in some of his greater movies and actors he worked with and encountered. He was one lucky son of a bitch ( Being a Hollywood born boy, I still enjoy getting some eye candy with autobiographies of that time. Curtis subtitled this book "An American Prince". It would have been more precise if it was about a man who didn't know himself. A sexual addict (before the term became a term) full of inferiority complexes and a crap childhood. Hard to impossible to find an insights or interesting reflections in some of his greater movies and actors he worked with and encountered. He was one lucky son of a bitch (he hit it big two years after hitting Hollywood), especially with his leading ladies, who he says generally he could not help feeling romantic towards, i.e. he bedded. Old school, light, what I expected and didn't mind.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ben Campbell

    Delve, that word describes the American Prince. Dedicated-Energetic-Levity-virtuosity-Efficacious. This work isn't the most intelligently written story, or the most linear autobiography, but it is entertaining. There is less insight into his daily personal life as there is much more info on his professional life; the people he loved and hated, his prolific womanizing of celebrities and fans, multiple marriages, including six marriages. Including his filmography in the back of the book was a smar Delve, that word describes the American Prince. Dedicated-Energetic-Levity-virtuosity-Efficacious. This work isn't the most intelligently written story, or the most linear autobiography, but it is entertaining. There is less insight into his daily personal life as there is much more info on his professional life; the people he loved and hated, his prolific womanizing of celebrities and fans, multiple marriages, including six marriages. Including his filmography in the back of the book was a smart idea, but that is a logical ingredient. Tony Curtis & his co-author Peter Golenbock left room for a follow-up novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Verna

    I was impressed with Tony Curtis in this frank memoir. He comes across as very human and likeable despite his sucess in the movie business. He never seems to lose sight of his early childhood struggles just to survive. He is also very honest and forth-coming about his love affairs with women of which there were many. I was glad to see he finally grows up and finds the right woman later in his life. Like many beautiful Hollywood actors, he chafed at being typecast into B movies. I agree, he could I was impressed with Tony Curtis in this frank memoir. He comes across as very human and likeable despite his sucess in the movie business. He never seems to lose sight of his early childhood struggles just to survive. He is also very honest and forth-coming about his love affairs with women of which there were many. I was glad to see he finally grows up and finds the right woman later in his life. Like many beautiful Hollywood actors, he chafed at being typecast into B movies. I agree, he could have done more A-list movies. A winner of a book by a wonderful actor and interesting personality.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beeface

    I never knew Tony Curtis had a difficult time in Hollywood. It appears he was unloved by many including his co-stars, his parents, his wives, and his children. He seemed to think a lot of his problems stemmed from being a Jew. . . that doesn't explain the difficulties he had with his family. As the reader, I get a whole other idea of what turned people off about this pretty face. I never knew Tony Curtis had a difficult time in Hollywood. It appears he was unloved by many including his co-stars, his parents, his wives, and his children. He seemed to think a lot of his problems stemmed from being a Jew. . . that doesn't explain the difficulties he had with his family. As the reader, I get a whole other idea of what turned people off about this pretty face.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Erica

    i enjoyed this book. an easy going read. He did stress his love of ladies and sex more than his kids tho. He would just randomly mention janet had a kid...and another. Also the whole part where he thought janet was having an affair...tho he'd had many already...and nd had no proof and said he then didn't feel guilt for cheating :-/ come on man he did blame alot of people as well i enjoyed this book. an easy going read. He did stress his love of ladies and sex more than his kids tho. He would just randomly mention janet had a kid...and another. Also the whole part where he thought janet was having an affair...tho he'd had many already...and nd had no proof and said he then didn't feel guilt for cheating :-/ come on man he did blame alot of people as well

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    A fascinating read about old Hollywood and one of its most popular actors.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Good book but not brilliant.... reading between the lines it was everyone else's fault but his. Got a bit repetitive xx Good book but not brilliant.... reading between the lines it was everyone else's fault but his. Got a bit repetitive xx

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Brown

    Yikes. What a tool.

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