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Actor Tony Curtis dies, an American prince

Tony Curtis, a movie star and father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, has died. Curtis' memoir, American Prince, outlined the rise to stardom from his childhood in New York City, where he came into the world as Bernard Schwartz. (It was co-authored with Peter Golenbock, known best for several books about baseball.) Despite a brutal Noo Yawk accent, he became a Hollywood icon, appearing in more than 140 films, including "Spartacus," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like it Hot."

He also was a famous womanizer (not such princely behanior), as the memoir brutally notes, and was married six times. Jamie Lee Curtis was born to first wife Janet Leigh; some subsequent marriages were to much younger women. According to his Reuters obit, Curtis was once quoted as saying, "I wouldn't be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife."

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Rest in peace, Tony.

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