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Who was Jamie Lee Curtis’ father, Tony?

Who was Jamie Lee Curtis’ father, Tony?

FOR JAMIE Lee Curtis, Hollywood stardom runs in the family.

The Oscar winner’s mother and father were also Academy Award nominees.

GettyJamie Lee Curtis (pictured right) with her father Tony Curtis and her mother Janet Leigh[/caption]

Who was Jamie Lee Curtis’ father Tony?

Similar to herself, Jamie Lee Curtis’ father Tony was also an actor.

Born on June 3, 1925, Tony Curtis experienced his career breakthrough after making the move from New York City to Los Angeles.

During the 1950s and the following decade, he starred in a string of successful films which include:

Houdini (1953)Trapeze (1956)The Vikings (1958)The Defiant Ones (1958)The Perfect Furlough (1958)Some Like It Hot (1959)Operation Petticoat (1959)Spartacus (1960)Sex and the Single Girl (1964)The Great Race (1965)The Boston Strangler (1968)

At the 1959 Oscars ceremony, Tony was nominated for Best Actor for his role in The Defiant Ones.

Ultimately, it was James Bond alum David Niven who took home the prize that year.

On September 29, 2010, Tony died from a cardiac arrest at his home in Henderson, Nevada.

He was survived by five of his six children: Jamie Lee, Kelly, Alexandra, Allegra, Nicholas, and Benjamin.

16 years earlier, his son Nicholas preceded him in death on July 2, 1994.

Tony’s cardiac arrest was attributed to his long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

At the time of his death, Jamie Lee said in 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. He will be greatly missed.”

GettyJamie Lee Curtis is Tony Curtis’ second eldest of his six children[/caption]

Who was Jamie’s mother Janet Leigh?

Similar to her and her father, Jamie Lee’s mother Janet Leigh was also an actor.

Janet had a number of popular movies in her filmography such as Touch of Evil, Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate, Little Women, and Bye Bye Birdie.

Janet and Tony starred in a variety of motion pictures together.

The two shared top billing in Houdini, The Perfect Furlough, The Vikings, and Who Was That Lady?

At the 1961 Oscars, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Psycho.

That year, the winner went to The Partridge Family star, Shirley Jones.

How long were Jamie Lee’s parents together?

Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh were married from June 4, 1951, to September 14, 1962.

While they were together, they welcomed their two daughters Jamie Lee and Kelly.

Their marriage was Tony’s first and Janet’s third; the former married an additional three times while the latter wed one more time.

On October 3, 2004, Janet lost her battle with vasculitis and was pronounced dead at the age of 77.

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