TONY CURTIS – LIVE! At The Castro Theatre, Tuesday Night

Marc Huestis and the Mill Valley film Festival present
“A Tribute To Tony Curtis”

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The Mill Valley Film Festival & Marc Huestis are proud to present A TRIBUTE TO TONY CURTIS, with the legendary star live in-person. This gala event occurs Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00 pm at San Francisco’s majestic Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. Screen icon Tony Curtis will be presented the MVFF Award for his lifetime achievement at this once-in-a-lifetime event. Mr. Curtis will also be interviewed on stage by KRON’s Jan Wahl following the program of clips and a screening of Billy Wilder’s 1958 comedy classic SOME LIKE IT HOT. After this gala, Curtis will be signing copies of his new book AMERICAN PRINCE, A Memoir in the lobby of the Castro Theatre. The book will be available at the event.

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TONY CURTIS – At The Castro Theatre

Tickets are $35 for orchestra seating, $30 for Mill Valley Film Festival members with preferred seats while available; and $25 for Balcony. Call 415 863-0611 or go on-line at MVFF.com. For general information call 415 863-0611 or e-mail: hostess2@earthlink.net.

Few actors alive have earned the title of Hollywood legend and American Prince. Tony Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz, son of impoverished Hungarian Jewish immigrants catapulted to stardom in the 50′s and 60′s working with such classic directors as Billy Wilder, Carol Reed, Blake Edwards, Vincent Minnelli, Elia Kazan, and Stanley Kubrick. His co-stars are a virtual Who’s Who from that period, including Marilyn Monroe, Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Mae West, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra. His versatility shines in the film noir classic SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957); the sword and sandals epic SPARTACUS (1960); in dramas such as THE DEFIANT ONES (1958) – for which he received an Oscar nomination; and the flawless comedy classic, SOME LIKE IT HOT. Curtis is also an accomplished painter. He and his wife, Jill Vandenberg, are actively involved with the Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary.

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SOME LIKE IT HOT, 1957

Last month Mr. Curtis released his autobiography AMERICAN PRINCE, A Memoir. In it, Tony shares the agony and ecstasy of a private life in the public eye. Written with humor and grace, the biography is a testament to drive, endurance, and living the life of one’s dreams. Curtis elaborates on his widely publicized affair with Maryln Monroe, his encounters with other Hollywood legends of the time, including Frank Sinatra and James Dean, as well as his hard-knock childhood and path to success. Click here to purchase on-line: AMERICAN PRINCE, A Memoir.

Add these Tony Curtis classics to your Film Library. Click on the title to purchase on-line:

SOME LIKE IT HOT – Starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft, and Joey Brown.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS – Featuring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick.
THE DEFIANT ONES – Starring: Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier. Directed by Stanley Kramer.
SPARTACUS – Tony Curtis is featured with Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov.

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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