By Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock
"All my existence I had one dream and that was once to be within the movies."
He was once the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver monitor. speeding and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived at the scene in a blaze of brilliant lighting fixtures and celluloid. His beauty, soft attraction, and traditional expertise earned him repute, 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 desirable, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis stocks the discomfort and ecstasy of a personal lifestyles within the public eye.
No basic tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood in the course of its heyday. Curtis revisits his enormous 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 enchanting, 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 facility of residing the lifetime of one's desires.
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Although most psychoanalysts in the 1950s thought of mind in nonbiological terms, a few had begun to discuss the biology of the brain and its potential importance for psychoanalysis. Through the Krises, I met three such psychoanalysts: Lawrence Kubie, Sidney Margolin, and Mortimer Ostow. After some discussion with each of them, I decided in the fall of 1955 to take an elective at Columbia University with the neurophysiologist Harry Grundfest. At the time, the study of brain science was not an important discipline at many medical schools in the United States, and no one on the NYU faculty was teaching basic neural science.
Denise simply gave the issue of money short shrift. It was of no importance, she insisted. Her father, who had died a year before I met her, had advised his daughter to marry a poor intellectual because such a man would value scholarship above all and would strive to pursue exciting academic goals. Denise believed she was following that advice (she certainly married someone who was poor), and she always encouraged me to make bold decisions that favored my doing something genuinely new and original.
Much as Anna influenced my thinking about psychoanalysis, Denise influenced my thinking about both empirical science and the quality of life. She also strengthened in me the sense of being a Jew and a Holocaust survivor. Denise's father, a gifted mechanical engineer, came from a long line of rabbis and scholars and had trained as a rabbi in Poland. He left Poland when he was twenty-one years old and went to Caen in Normandy, France, where he studied mathematics and engineering. Although he became an agnostic and stopped going to synagogue, he kept an impressive collection of Hebrew religious texts in his large library, including the Mishnah and a Vilna edition of the Talmud.
American Prince: A Memoir by Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock