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Finding Aid for the Tony Curtis Papers, 1948-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tony Curtis Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1975
    Collection number: 381
    Creator: Curtis, Tony, 1925-
    Extent: 20 boxes (10 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Tony Curtis (b.1925) received his theatrical training and had his professional debut in New York before signing to Universal films (1949). He became a movie star by 1951, and starred in the early '70s TV series The persuaders. He is also the author of the novel, Kid Andrew Cody & Julie Sparrow (1977). The collection consists of motion picture scripts, photographs, and personal business files from the first 27 years of Curtis' acting career.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Tony Curtis, 1970.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tony Curtis Papers (Collection 381). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964591 


    Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3, 1925 in Bronx, New York; served in navy during World War II; theatrical training and professional debut in New York; signed to films by Universal, 1949; became a star by 1951; by the late 1950s Curtis had broadened his range from swashbuckling hero to dramatic actor, in films such as Sweet smell of success and The defiant ones, and comedy star, in Some like it hot; married to Janet Leigh, 1951-1962; starred in the early '70s TV series The persuaders; author of novel, Kid Andrew Cody & Julie Sparrow (1977).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of motion picture scripts, photographs, and personal business files from the first 27 years of Curtis' acting career.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Leatherbound, autographed film scripts (1948-1969).
    2. Business files.
    3. Photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Curtis, Tony, 1925- --Archives.
    Motion picture actors and actresses--Archival resources.
    Film scripts.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Album containing 29 glossy production stills (8×10 Black & white) from the movie, the Prince Who Was a Thief (missing June 1990).