Friday, October 01, 2010

Mae West: Curtains for Curtis

One more actor who worked with MAE WEST has entered the pearly gates after suffering a fatal heart attack on Wednesday, 29 September 2010 in Nevada.
• • Handsome Tony Curtis was in the curious motion picture directed by Ken Hughes [1922 — 2001] and released in 1978. Though Curtis was cast as a diplomat, he invariably would persist in making undiplomatic remarks about working with his legendary leading lady.
• • If you saw "Sextette," perhaps you remember the scene when newly wed Marlo Manners (now Lady Barrington) and her groom Sir Michael Barrington finally are snug inside their hotel suite. However, the lovebirds are unable to go beddy-bye and celebrate their marital bliss because of noisome botherations. Coitus interruptus (sort of)! These cinematic intrusions are provoked by the demands of milady's career (such as interviews, dress fittings, and photo sessions). Additionally, there are entreaties and knock-knocks from men, including some ex-husbands. Apparently, the vast enrollment of membership in the Marlo Manners Fan Club includes: diplomat Alexei Andreyev Karansky (Tony Curtis), director Laslo Karolny (Ringo Starr), gangster Vance Norton (George Hamilton), and an entire athletic team from the USA, all of whom desire to have sex with Marlo. And, after all, Mae West once did tell an interviewer she had a special interest in foreign affairs.
• • Born on 3 June 1925, the Bronx native started out in life with the ho-hum ethnic moniker Bernard Schwartz. The five-foot-nine leading man enjoyed spreading urban legends about his Herculean feat of doing his cameo as "sexy Lexei" [Alexei Andreyev Karansky] — — and Mae's difficulties on the set.
• • In a kind-hearted obituary, Associated Press had this to say: Tony Curtis, an actor who rose to movie stardom in the 1950s by blending street attitude with near-pretty looks, gave compelling dramatic performances in "Sweet Smell of Success" and "The Defiant Ones" and became a comic icon as a cross-dressing Jazz Age musician in "Some Like It Hot," died of cardiac arrest Wednesday at his Las Vegas-area home. He was 85.
• • Associated Press also noted: Tony Curtis was a veteran of more than 100 films of wildly varying quality. ... He also had a minor role in Mae West's final movie, "Sextette" (1978) . . . . Curtis attributed his long career slump to alcohol and cocaine addictions spurred by alimony payments to his ex-wives and anger toward his peers, whom he felt never accepted him as an actor. ...
• • Two Jewish old-timers gone in the space of a week: Eddie Fisher and Tony Curtis.
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