Screen Legend,Painter, Hollywood Hipster,And ‘Some Like It Hot Star’ Tony Curtis,85, Dies In Nevada Home
1950s movie heart-throb,matinée idol,playboy and hipster,Tony Curtis,85, passed away Wednesday evening at his Las Vegas home, surrounded by friends and family. The cause of death has been attributed to cardiac arrest,but he had been in failing health for the past year.(NY Daily News)
He was considered to be one of the last remaining stars from the golden era of Hollywood.
His daughter,actress Jamie Lee Curtis,51, said that her father will be remembered as both a screen legend and family man.
“My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages,”…”He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world,”(People)
Tony Curtis will always be remembered for his starring roles in The Defiant Ones (1958), Some Like It Hot (1959), Spartacus (1960), and The Great Race (1965), where he acted beside the great performers like Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe,Kirk Douglas, and my favorite, Sidney Poitier.(Source)
I will always be impressed by his great artistic legacy he has left behind in the form of paintings.
Starting in the 1960’s, Tony Curtis had a successful career as an abstract painter, who often cited the work of Picasso, Matisse, as his major influences, and I always imagined him hanging out with Salvador Dali, discussing some deep artistic concept.
Many celebrities attempt to have a career as a painter,like Sly Stallone and Billy Dee Williams,who have some nice pieces, but few have any legitimate skill,outside of their name recognition.
Tony Curtis was different in that regard because he actually possessed a great amount of artistic and painting prowess. His art has been exhibited and collected by galleries and museums throughout the world, and his paintings have sold for several thousands of dollars.
You can see his work here at his gallery(Tony Curtis.com)
..I always see a lot of Van Gogh mixed with a bit of Chagall in his paintings,but outside of that, there is something unique about his consistent vision that permeates his paintings.That’s just my opinion,either way, I enjoyed his paintings.
I particularly like this one he did of Marilyn Monroe, whom he was a good friend of. You feel the relationship within the piece…
As a visual artist, the creativity of Mr. Curtis went right to the bone!
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in the Bronx, New York, the son of Emanuel Schwartz and his wife Helen Klein,who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, were Hungarian Jewish immigrants from Mátészalka, Hungary.(WIKI)
He had two brothers who preceded him in death, and had been married 6 times to woman who gave birth to 5 children with him.
His final wife Jill Curtis,spoke to the press today, and gave a moving tribute to her late husband, screen star Tony Curtis.(VIDEO)
May he rest in peace, he has earned it….
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