Making of Some Like It Hot: My Memories of Marilyn Monroe and the Classic American Movie

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A Special Memoir for a Special Moment in Hollywood History . . .

Some Like It Hot occupies a unique place in American culture. This beloved classic showcases five comic geniuses: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, and Marilyn Monroe. It has been honored by the American Film Institute as the "Funniest Film of All Time". It has contributed quotes, styles, and stories to film lore. Yet the full story of its making has never ...

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Overview

A Special Memoir for a Special Moment in Hollywood History . . .

Some Like It Hot occupies a unique place in American culture. This beloved classic showcases five comic geniuses: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, and Marilyn Monroe. It has been honored by the American Film Institute as the "Funniest Film of All Time". It has contributed quotes, styles, and stories to film lore. Yet the full story of its making has never been told—until now.

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* "Curtis's writing in this memoir of Billy Wilder's 1959 comic masterpiece is staccato, repetitive and occasionally baffling. But even if the voice is a little insane — on Wilder: "He was wiry. Energetic. I don't think I ever saw him stand still. Not a guy given to repose. Always moving. Like his pictures" — it suits the edgy, emotionally charged set of "Some Like It Hot" perfectly. There are sexual encounters with Marilyn Monroe, whom Curtis describes as his "first adult relationship." They slept together both before she was a major star and later, when they were working together on this film. It's left an open question whether Monroe was subsequently pregnant by Curtis or by her husband at the time, Arthur Miller. What is definite is that the racy seduction scene on the yacht in "Some Like It Hot" was Method acting at its finest. Speaking of the Method, Curtis suggests that Lee and Paula Strasberg were to blame for Monroe's neurotic behavior on the set and her failure to get there with any regularity. "Before going to the Actors Studio she was like a tightrope walker who doesn't know there was a pit she could fall into," Curtis quotes Wilder as saying. "After the Strasbergs got to her, she thought of nothing but the pit." Sometimes Curtis's revelations about Monroe feel invasive (especially when it comes to her abortions and miscarriages) or borderline mean (were her hips really those of "a Polish washerwoman"?). But to the extent that he could overcome his own dazzling narcissism, Curtis was clearly under her spell. His book (written with Mark A. Vieira) may be more feverish than fluent, but it's a wonderful tribute to one of the funniest movies ever made." (The New York Times Book Review, December 6, 2009)

"Curtis gives us a personal, behind the scenes look at the trials and tribulations of Hollywood film making in the 1950's; it contains many additional humorous vignettes…." (Examiner.com, 15 September 2009)

Ada Calhoun
Curtis's writing in this memoir of Billy Wilder's 1959 comic masterpiece is staccato, repetitive and occasionally baffling. But even if the voice is a little insane…it suits the edgy, emotionally charged set of "Some Like It Hot" perfectly…[Curtis's] book (written with Mark A. Vieira) may be more feverish than fluent, but it's a wonderful tribute to one of the funniest movies ever made.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470537213
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,434,478
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Curtis is a Hollywood icon, the last surviving luminary from Some Like It Hot, and author of the memoir American Prince. His Web sites are tonycurtis.com and shilohhorserescue.com.

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer specializing in the history of Hollywood.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

I The Project.

II The People.

III The Preproduction.

IV The Production.

V The Problems.

VI The Previews.

VII The Press.

VIII The Public.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    I loved reading this book!

    Tony Curtis is candid, yet, respectful and affectionate as he recounts his memories of Marilyn Monroe and the rest of the geniuses who created this wonderful and iconic movie!

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