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Just a short note about the loss this week of two major figures in American cinema.
Tony Curtis‘s pretty-boy looks opened a lot of Hollywood doors for him, but he proved his talent with strong performances on the big screen. Curtis is probably most famous for three movies from 1958-60: The Defiant Ones, Some Like It Hot and Spartacus. He scored an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Defiant Ones. Many also know him as father of one very talented actress, Jamie Lee Curtis. Born Bernard Schwartz in 1925 in New York, he died of cardiac arrest yesterday at his home in Nevada.
Arthur Penn, born in 1922 in Philadelphia, won a Tony Award in 1960 for directing The Miracle Worker on Broadway and then directed the 1962 film version. For that he earned the first of three Oscar nominations. His other Oscar nods were for the groundbreaking Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Alice’s Restaurant (1969). He died Tuesday in New York one day after his 88th birthday.
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