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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: Mitch Greenberg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739368633
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“All my life I had one dream and that was to be in the movies.”

He was the Golden Boy of the Golden Age. A prince of the silver screen. 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—including the unforgettable classics Houdini, Spartacus, and Some Like It Hot—and regales readers with stories of his associations with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, director Billy Wilder, and film industry heavyweight Lew Wasserman, as well as paramours Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, among others.

As forthright as he is enthralling, Tony Curtis offers intimate glimpses into his succession of failed marriages (and the one that has endured), his destructive drug addiction, and his passion as a painter. 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

  • [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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/19/2014

    " 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 Christi Barth | 2/5/2014

    " The ghostwriter is HORRIBLE, but the book is so fascinating it doesn't even matter. His life was so interesting from page one - a must read if you are a fan of old Hollywood! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 1/28/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/15/2014

    " As with most Hollywood biographies, it contains a lot of bed hopping. It could be titled like most of them: Who I slept With from a Macho Man. However, I feel like he was extremely insecure and he still is even after the great career he has had. Toward the end, he talked about his cocaine habit and problems with his children. I found the book interesting and am delighted that I had a normal boring life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michaella Dietrich | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Thompson | 1/12/2014

    " I found it interesting in that he was able to describe the lives of Hollywood stars in a very matter of fact way. I enjoyed comparing his opinion of them aganst mine based only on what I had read and viewed them in movies. Most of my observations wsere right on. Possibly too much emphasis on who he slept with, who really cares about that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bevin | 1/11/2014

    " 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 1/7/2014

    " Poor Tony Curtis. I don't think he was ever as good an actor as he thought he was, but man, he really was beautiful. Good stories in here, and a good history of an actor caught up in that tricky transition period between the studio system and whatever the hell that thing is they have now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 britt | 1/4/2014

    " 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 Marilyn | 1/4/2014

    " 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 Trisha Jones | 12/30/2013

    " 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 Stefanie | 12/19/2013

    " What a playboy! It's time for a Tony Curtis movie marathon!!! Love him even more now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 12/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Richardson | 12/10/2013

    " 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 Julietotsch | 12/7/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/24/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 4/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose Ann | 11/28/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 5/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shell Stitcher | 2/3/2012

    " I was really looking forward to reading this book but was disappointed. It lacked substance, it read like a run down of films he starred in to the women he slept with. There could have been so much more to this book but there was very little feeling to it in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 6/4/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Manzo | 1/11/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J | 1/9/2011

    " 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.. "

  • 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.