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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781415954553
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He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. Dashing and debonair, Tony Curtis arrived on the scene in a blaze of bright lights and celluloid. His good looks, smooth charm, and natural talent earned him fame, women, and adulation–Elvis copied his look and the Beatles put him on their Sgt. Pepper album cover. But the Hollywood life of his dreams brought both invincible highs and debilitating lows. Now, in his captivating, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tony Curtis shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye.
No simple tell-all, American Prince chronicles Hollywood during its heyday. Curtis revisits his immense body of work and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others.
Written with humor and grace, American Prince is a testament to the power of living the life of one’s dreams.


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Quotes & Awards

  • For Some Like It Hot, I wanted a straight leading man and a comedian. I was sure Tony was right for it. Tony is so open and animated. . . . It was a huge, wonderful
    plus for the picture.
    Billy Wilder
  • Tony Curtis could have just been the beautiful young leading man, handsome, charming as hell . . . [but] he wanted to be a good actor, and he’s the only guy I know wholearned his craft successfully. Jack Lemmon
  • When you’re with Tony Curtis, you’re with somebody very alive. He was—and is—one of the most ‘up’ people I have ever known. Sidney Poitier
  • [F]illed with fond recollections of [Curtis’s] friendships with the famous and powerful but punctuated, too, by harsh words for Hollywood legends he says did him wrong….Curtis spares few intimate details about his years as a Hollywood lothario, including his teenage affair with a redheaded, ponytailed Marilyn Monroe. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaella Dietrich | 2/16/2014

    " This book is really interesting, especially since I love movies. Curtis is very honest about himself and his fellow actors. He writes like he is just talking to you. He admits his flaws and misperceptions freely. I didn't realize that he's been married five times. I enjoyed his anecdotes about the movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bevin | 2/8/2014

    " Tony Curtis is hilarious! One of the most enjoyable autobiographies I've read (Michael Caine has a good one too, but I couldn't find it on this site). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/6/2014

    " I never knew how conceited this man is. It wasn't a bad book but not as interesting as other autobiographies I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 1/26/2014

    " This is an OK book for anyone who remembers Tony Curtis in Some Like it Hot, Boeing, Boeing, The Great Race. Too bad he had such a bad relationship with his mother that he could not even visit her on her death bed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/24/2014

    " I love Tony Curtis and this book I just could not put it down. It's a must read if you are really interested in old Hollywood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nance | 1/23/2014

    " Okay...I must admit I'm completely biased in my rating of this book. I adore Tony Curtis, his films, and any brutally honest Hollywood memoir. You can hear his voice in your head as you read it, especially since he had one of the most recognizable voices in film history. I love the little anecdotes about people he worked with, who he liked and didn't like, and the personal feelings/details he included. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julietotsch | 1/20/2014

    " The fact that I love Tony Curtis probably adds to the number of stars I've given the book. You can -- if you're familiar with Mr. Curtis' voice -- hear him read the book to you. A must read if you're interested in acting and the Hollywood of the 50's and 60's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/17/2014

    " Ooh goodness my brother Peter sure can write. Tony had such an exciting life until the cocaine hit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye~Fee~Mama... | 1/14/2014

    " I love to read book about real people and their stories! This cat tells it like it is...or should I say...how it was?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Stewart | 1/12/2014

    " I learned that Tony Curtis is full of himself yet a very entertaining storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Richardson | 12/13/2013

    " Extremely well written and detailed about his personal life as well as his frustration as far as his acting career. A great memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 12/9/2013

    " what a prolific career. Tony Curtis was always an actor I loved to see on the screen as I was was growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Manzo | 9/3/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyable. Mr. Curtis is unflinchingly honest about his life, his work, and his relationships. The behind-the-scenes tales of his work on any number of classic films are entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 6/4/2013

    " Hollywood high life "kiss and tell". Sometimes crude but still entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose Ann | 12/1/2012

    " Fast amusing read. But kind of sad, too. He certainly "got around." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 8/29/2012

    " He's my all time favorite actor. (Shut up.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 7/31/2012

    " Growing up, I had a major crush on Tony Curtis so when I saw this at the library I had to get it. As I browsed through it, it made me realize how naive I am and why as he got older he became so dissipated. This book really gives one a look into Hollywood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/19/2012

    " This was an entertaining autobiography by a popular actor. I enjoyed the backstage stories. He was a snake to women and a distant father, but he makes no excuses for his behavior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/10/2012

    " Autobiography of the actor/painter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daedrya | 2/10/2012

    " Easy read bio tells of Curtis's rise from a hardscrabble childhood thro his current marriage to wife no.4. He tells about close encounters with Marilyn among others, fame during the 50's in Hollywood and his Hungarian Jewish roots, including the tragic deaths of his younger brothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 britt | 11/19/2011

    " when I read the part of this they had in Vanity Fair- the blurb about his relationship with Marilyn Monroe- I thought it was done tastefully and with a tenderness that surprised me (mostly) because I think he's a little nuts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 10/7/2011

    " It was ok. Not enough surprises. He was deluded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/9/2010

    " what a prolific career. Tony Curtis was always an actor I loved to see on the screen as I was was growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 9/1/2010

    " A life of a silver screen playboy. After reading the reviews, I read this book on vacation and could not put it down. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/26/2010

    " I learned that Tony Curtis is full of himself yet a very entertaining storyteller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 10/13/2009

    " Read this book and you'll find out Tony got laid...alot. However you will find no deep analysis of his film roles, directors, fellow stars or other interesting insights into his Hollywood associations.. "

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About the Author

Tony Curtis is one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. Today, he lives with his wife, Jill, outside of Las Vegas, where he continues to create paintings that have made him newly famous as a visual artist the world over.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.