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Tony Curtis - My Jewish Prince Charming

by Ilana Angel

September 30, 2010 | 10:59 am

I can’t remember a time when I did not love Tony Curtis.  I remember watching his movies with my mother when I was little and her swooning over him, even as a cartoon, on The Flintstones.  When my father was young he looked just like Mr. Curtis.  Maybe that‘s why I always thought Tony Curtis was handsome and loved him so much.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Curtis a few times over the years, and each time I saw him I wanted to hug him.  He was such a wonderful memory of my childhood that I always felt like I knew him.  I chatted with him last year at an event at the Edison in Los Angeles.  He was in a wheelchair but there was a twinkle in his eye and he looked happy.

I went up to him to say hello, told him it was wonderful to see him again and let him know that I loved him.  He told me he loved me too.  He did not know me, but he was a movie star and he appreciated me as a fan. Seeing him and holding his hand was like being with my own dad and my heart fluttered just a bit knowing my mother would be so tickled.

Tony Curtis had a fascinating life, including a heartbreaking childhood, several marriages, career highs and lows.  At the end of the day, what he should be remembered for was his talent.  “Some Like It Hot” is arguably the best comedy film ever made. He was funny, charming, gorgeous, talented and Jewish.

I have had a million Hollywood crushes through my lifetime.  Even today I am so in love with George Clooney that I am certain if we spent time together he would love me back. The thing is, Clooney is a fantasy.  My desire to marry within my faith trumps my desire to make out with George.  With Tony however, he was a fantasy with potential to be a reality.

Some little girls grow up wanting to meet Prince Charming.  For me, Prince Charming was always Jewish, so when I was a little girl, Tony Curtis was my Prince Charming.  I’m going watch a couple his movies this weekend and spend some time with my Prince.  Rest in peace Mr. Curtis.  I shall love you always and thank you for allowing a little girl to not only dream, but keep the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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