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Tony Curtis' heyday was a little before my time, but his stories of famous people he knew in Hollywood in the 40's, 50's and 60's were very interesting. However, at the end, I couldn't help but think Tony Curtis just isn't that likeable of a guy. He had a tough childhood, to be sure. I guess because of that, he did not seem to be able to connect emotionally with any of his ex wives, or his children. To this day he has very cool relations with his grown children. He admits he wasn't a very good, or available, dad, but it is disconcerting to hear him mention *twice* in the book that one of his ex wives, Janet Leigh, filled their daughters heads with negative comments about him, and claims that's part of the reason he has a poor relationship with them today, decades later. At 80 something years old, it's time to take full responsibility for these relationships, or lack of them, as the case may be, and stop blaming your ex. He mentions the births of his children only in passing, and very little about them as little children, but goes into great detail about his many, many affairs. That probably tells you where his priorities were. He admits he sometimes didn't see his children for months. He also had no problem cheating on his wives, even when he was newly, and still happily, married. He mentions one of his wives cheating on him and being very upset when he found out. He admits he cheated as well, but somehow his cheating wasn't so bad because he was "discrete". It's probably no surprise he is currently on his fourth marriage.
The stories he tells about the famous people he knew are interesting, but Tony Curtis himself? Not so much.
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This is a tell all. You will get all the interesting previously unknown happenings in Hollywood. Can't believe Janet Leigh pushed and pinched Tony Curtis as they were walking on the red carpet just because he paused to be photographed, and she wanted to keep walking. He tells all about his emotions, all about his girlfriends - most of them famous. You will love this audio book! He had a hard life, but man was it interesting. It's like you're right there. Riveting. I'm glad I got this book. Highly recommended.