Tony Curtis was a Hollywood icon known for his roles in films like Spartacus and Some Like It Hot. Throughout his life, there was always scrutiny and interest in his personal life, which often veered into affecting his professional life. The press was especially interested in his penchant for younger women, which would later complicate his legacy. His personal and romantic lives were full of highs and lows. This is Tony Curtis’ life story.
Growing Up Hungry
Born Bernard Schwartz in the East Harlem in 1925, Tony Curtis was the first of three boys born to his parents. The family went through many struggles, including financially, and eventually his parents sent him and his brother Julius to an orphanage for a month as they did not have enough money to feed them.
About four years after he and his brother Julius moved into the orphanage, Julius was hit by a truck and was tragically killed. Tony was only 12 years old, and the horrific event added another difficulty to his family’s already encumbered life. Curtis was especially susceptible to mental illness as it was common in his family.