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I wouldn`t be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife.

What`s the secret to a long and happy life? Young women`s saliva!

Fame is another profession. I feel that I have two professions, I have the profession of being an actor and I have the profession of being famous.

I ran around with a lump in my pants, chased all the girls. This is what I reflected on the screen. There wasn`t anything deeper or less deep than that.

My father was a tailor. I used to deliver for him. I`d have to hold the clothes up high to keep them from dragging on the ground.

They gave me away as a prize once - a Win Tony Curtis For A Weekend competition. The woman who won was disappointed. She`d hoped for second prize - a new stove.

I had to be careful where I went because I was a Jew, because I was young and because I was handsome. It made me wiry and erratic and paranoid, which is what I still am. Always on guard.

Comedy is the most honest way for an actor to earn his living. People would rather laugh than cry. The quickest way to change drama into comedy is simply to speed up the film.

When asked who the most attractive person he worked with was, he replied calmly, "I am".

I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948. I had more action than Mount Vesuvius - men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn`t where I didn`t. I`ve always been open about it.

Hollywood... the most sensational merry-go-around ever built.

It`s such a human condition, whether you`re a great track star or a great knitting person or you paint watercolors - someone knows who you are.

I`ve just opened a show in Florida, although I also have many pieces on display around the world.

The service meant so much to me. You don`t know privileged I feel and how lucky I am to have served.

It is for the latter that I always wanted to be an actor: to play characters who are always on the move.

My whole world before I joined the Navy was my neighborhood in the Bronx.

Even on a personal note, my dressing table downstairs is crowded with things, like a mini landscape. It`s a city with buildings and towers and roads. There`s a pool and a little park. When I move something around it becomes a different tableau.

I wouldn`t be caught dead marrying a woman old enough to be my wife.

At 17, I dreamed of seeing the world. At 19, I had been around the world and back.

I joined the Navy hoping to be submariner and ended up in the sub service aboard a tender in the Pacific.

I used to be good friends with my depression, saying oh I`m so depressed, or life is terrible.

I like Vegas for its spontaneity.

While you`re doing it, you don`t really know what you`re doing.

I enlisted when I was a boy. The Navy looked after me like my mother. It fed me, took care of me and gave me wonderful opportunities.

Everywhere I go in the world, people know me and recognise me and really show affection for me.

Now I`m a painter. That was another opportunity I was able to pursue, I`ve been painting all my life, now it`s become a second career because of my success in the movies.

Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.

We often don`t think of them, we think of the great wars and the great battles, but what about losing a son or a daughter, or a girl losing her husband or vice versa? I think of the people who never got the chance to have the opportunities I had.

For instance, I always have one hanging in Budapest in the mayors office.

I don`t know what organically grown chickens are; I`ve never seen one.

The movie business is very twisted, out of site, out of mind, you know.

I enjoy being recognized whatever environment I`m in.

If you know how to live in Vegas you can have the best time.

Every movie I`ve been in has ended up on television.

Yes I`m still working, but my life`s no longer filled with it.

So all of these pictures, when I see them now, I see another level that I didn`t notice when I made them. That makes them very appealing to me.

Its not age as much as the experiences I have had.

I`ve been in the movies for 50 years, I`ve made 130 some-odd movies.

But where there is no art show, I would still be painting.

Painting is much more than therapy to me its a way of life.

I will always remember this summer day in Paris, when I was to perform a great acrobatic move. I can still see myself stepping on the ring of a packed circus along real performers.

I look at everything in an artistic way.

The government gave me enough money to go to acting school.

I`m world famous, everywhere I go there are people who love me because of I`ve been able to bring them some joy from the movies I`ve made.

But my longevity is due to my good timing.

I`ve made 122 movies, and I daresay there`s a picture of mine showing somewhere in the world every day.

I was born in and worked in a period that could be called enviable.

They gave me away as a prize once - a Win Tony Curtis For A Weekend competition. The woman who won was disappointed. She`d hoped for second prize - a new stove.

I can`t sit around and wait for the telephone to ring.

I want the public to know that it will be an honor for me to meet them and spend a few special moments with all those who helped me through my filmed career.


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