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By Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock

ISBN-10: 0307449467

ISBN-13: 9780307449467

"All my existence I had one dream and that was once to be within the movies."

He used to be the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver display. rushing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived at the scene in a blaze of shiny lighting and celluloid. His beauty, soft attraction, and normal expertise earned him status, ladies, and adulation--Elvis copied his glance and the Beatles positioned him on their Sgt. Pepper album conceal. however the Hollywood lifetime of his goals introduced either invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his beautiful, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis stocks the pain and ecstasy of a personal existence within the public eye.

No uncomplicated tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood in the course of its heyday. Curtis revisits his massive physique of work--including the unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus, and a few love it Hot--and regales readers with tales of his institutions with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, and picture heavyweight Lew Wasserman, in addition to paramours Natalie wooden and Marilyn Monroe, between others.

As forthright as he's spell binding, Tony Curtis bargains intimate glimpses into his succession of failed marriages (and the one who has endured), his damaging drug habit, and his ardour as a painter. Written with humor and charm, American Prince is a testomony to the ability of residing the lifetime of one's desires.

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We learn something of his upbringing, his travels, his transgressions and personal vanities. "7 Gosse's description puts one in mind more of the Land of Counterpane than the fevered actuality of the sickroom,8 and it is only a small step from this to the mere culling of the Devotions for autobiographical chaff. Despite Gosse's romantic interest, however, the searcher for life data will find within the Devotions sparse information, which is se­ lected and arranged to articulate the structure and thematic content of the work rather than to shed any immediate light on the poet's life.

Suddenly I was caught up in the spirit and dragged before the judgment seat of the Judge; and here the light was so bright, and those who stood around were so radiant, that I cast myself upon the ground and did not dare to look up. " But he who presided said: "Thou liest, thou art a follower of Cicero and not of Christ. " . . " The story of Hezekiah, which seems to me a primary source of the iconog­ raphy employed by early autobiographers, appears four times in the 48 Misch, A History of Autobiography 2:489.

Margaret Bottrall has differentiated what she calls the "interior memoir" from the anecdotal autobiography by drawing attention to the "static" representation of the personality which it presents. The author of such a memoir, she says, "has affinities with the philosopher, the poet, and the penitent. "19 Such accounts often become so engrossed with the inner life that the outer world becomes blurred, and the author's movement and growth in "real" time are subordinated to his spiritual progress.

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