He moved to Vegas with his last wife. "I
like Vegas for it's spontaneity."
I like Tony for his "I don't give a
shit" attitude about everything. He would pose nude in a heartbeat.
He was married 5 times and had six chirren...
for sure. There are others scattered about the world that could probably claim
Tony as their father.
A son, Nicholas, died of an overdose (or brain
seizure depending on who you ask) in 1994.
And he kissed the boys.
Photo by Jayne Osborne
When he was asked if he ever had a thing with
guys, his response was, "No, no, never did. I attracted a lot of gay
friends but I never had any inclination."
In dwindling health in later years, Tony had a
tracheotomy and part of his colon removed. In 1994 he had heart bypass surgery.
He was wheelchair bound. In 2007 he had a major bout with pneumonia landing him
in intensive care.
In July 2010 he suffered an "asthma-like
attack" and a mild heart attack.
Photo by Tanya Jo McFadden
He died of cardiac arrest in his Vegas home on
Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
He was 85.
Tanya Jo representing! Death Hag Sticker of the
His wife Jill Curtis said, "He died
peacefully here, surrounded by those who loved him and have been caring for
His daughteresque Jamie Lee Curtis released a
statement, "My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in
movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He leaves behind children and their
families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted
to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world."
His funeral was held on October 4.
Tony served in the U.S. Navy.
Tony is buried with a Stetson hat, driving
gloves, and Armani scarf and his iPhone.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke at the funeral and
Ron Jeremy and Rich Little attended, to which I say of COURSE they did.
Watch his funeral here:
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce had their
artisans whip up a beautiful ribbon for his $$$tar on The Walk of Fame.
Photo by Brian Donnelly
He is buried in Palm Memorial Park in Vegas.
Photo by Tanya Jo McFadden
The widow and the exes did a mad scramble for
the dosh, but Tony left all to his wife at the time of his death.
About a year after his death, his widow threw
Tony's stuff up for auction. His blazer from Some Like It Hot,
various clothes and memorabilia and a flute given to him by Sinatra.
A quote attributed to Tony about Marilyn
Monroe, "Kiss her was like kissing Hitler."
He responded to this in later years,
"Never said it! It's all bullshit. It all happened when Marilyn was at her
most difficult time. And the studio was so angry with her they put her on
suspension. Marilyn and I were lovers in 1950. She went much too quickly. The
biggest woman star in the business and she was living like a bag lady."
He was on the cover of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper
There is an awesome Tony mural still in
Hollywood that hasn't been painted over with "street art" or whatever
the fuck they are calling vandalism these days.
My brother Rick wrote Tony and asked him to
inscribe his book. Tony sent this back a week later.