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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 09/30/2010

Tony Curtis dies: mourning the loss of a legend

By Jen Chaney

Tony Curtis, dead at the age of 85. (AP) | More Curtis Photos

In the wake of the sad news that Tony Curtis has died of a heart attack, fans and celebrities from various corners of Hollywood are paying their respects to this fine actor, true movie star, six-time husband and man who, courtesy of “Some Like It Hot,” turned dressing in drag into a touchstone for cinematic comedy.

Curtis's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis -- who lost her mother and Curtis's first wife, Janet Leigh, to cardiac arrest in 2004 -- issued the following statement.

“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.”

On Twitter -- the equivalent of the world's online funeral guest book -- the topics Actor Tony Curtis and RIP Tony are currently trending, as fans of both the regular and famous variety pay tribute to the actor, whose film career reached its summit in the 1950s. Contemporary celebrities that span the gap from Simon Pegg to Kelly Osbourne to Nia Vardalos have expressed their condolences in Tweet form.

“RIP Tony Curtis - 1st actor we spotted when we moved to LA,” wrote Vardalos. “He was rockin' a bolero jacket at Spago. Ah, perfect.”

Roger Moore, Curtis's co-star on the series “The Persuaders,” told Sky News: “You never think that friends are going. I'm very sad and also sad for his wife because she adored him.”

Here in Celebritology, we'll leave the well-chosen words of affection for Curtis to others. All we have to say is: Here. Watch this.

By Jen Chaney  | September 30, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Obits  
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Comments

Finally a fitting Celebritology tribute for the man.

He was such an underrated performer & a pretty good artist to boot. Glad he's left us a film legacy & a pretty talented kid in Jaime Lee.

BTW, I see no "watch this" clip.

Posted by: wadejg | September 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

wadejg
Finally a fitting Celebritology tribute for the man.

Second the motion.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | September 30, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I think Some Like It Hot was on On Demand, I may have to watch that this weekend.

Posted by: wadejg | September 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

His career was so much more than just "Some Like It Hot" though. "Operation Petticoat" for one. "Sweet Smell of Success" for another. And of course his greatest role, that of "Stony" Curtis on "The Flintstones"! So long, Stony.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | September 30, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

As an Englishman I grew up with Tony Curtis' films. There were many actors, some now sadly 'gone upstairs' that functioned as 'role-models' for a developing child in the post war austerity of 50's London. Tony Curtis was just such an actor. He, and others must have been a strong influence in that direction as I have spent most of my life involved in the 'theatre' Thank you Tony Curtis you HAVE made a difference and you will be sorely missed!

Posted by: petehodges | September 30, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Tony Curtis was my uncle first cousin... I was told that He was on the way to LA and he stopped in Cleveland lacking money... My father told him why go to Hollywood as no one makes it.... We had his bar mitzvah pictures and gave them to his daughter when she came to town....

Posted by: steve44122 | September 30, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite movies is "Operation Petticoat". Tony Curtis was absolutely wonderful. Very sad to see he passed.

Posted by: Bren21157 | September 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Good bye, Bernie Schwartz! Operation Petticoat was great. He and Cary Grant, oops, sorry, Archie Leach, played off each other perfectly. Sparticus and The Vikings were also two of my favorites. He'll be missed.

I wonder how far he would have gone if he hadn't changed his name. Especially in the '50s.

Posted by: Grantman | September 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

A Hollywood Icon.

Posted by: bobbo2 | September 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Why are you posting a story about the death of an American acting icon that was clearly written in England?

Posted by: cookie714 | September 30, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

A great actor at a time back then when it was a pleasure to go to the cinema.

He was in the middle of playing stickball on a Bronx, N.Y. street when a motion picture scout noticed him, signed him up and the rest is history.

Posted by: truth34 | September 30, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

A great actor at a time back then when it was a pleasure to go to the cinema.

He was in the middle of playing stickball on a Bronx, N.Y. street when a motion picture scout noticed him, signed him up and the rest is history.

Posted by: truth34 | September 30, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

My mother is taking it hard. She had quite a crush on him back in the day.

Posted by: tomtildrum | September 30, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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