Tony Curtis dies Aged 85

Tony Curtis in a British Pathé newsreel (1959)

Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died aged 85 at his home in Nevada. One of the greatest actors of his day, famous for his roles in Spartacus, The Defiant Ones and for starring alongside Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.

Is Tony Curtis in Pathé News anywhere?

Like anything that happened between the 1890s and the 1970s, the answer is YES! The British Pathé film archive has several great clips of Tony Curtis, including the 1959 Oscars which he attended with his then wife Janet Leigh. Alongside Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh was one of the many gay icons that Tony Curtis attached himself to throughout his life, famous for her drag-queen ketchup stabbing shower-scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Was Tony Curtis gay?

A bit of a discussion kicked off in the archive today as to whether Curtis’ womanizing was a ploy to cover his homosexuality? Did Tony Curtis never admit his sexuality to himself? Or was Tony a textbook example of the Hollywood closet-case showbiz/PR leading-lady relationship reel?

Search Tony Curtis in the British Pathé film archive here.

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Author: British Pathé

British Pathé holds the world's finest newsreel collection. We also represent the Reuters historical collection. All 208K films are viewable on our website.

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