Tony Curtis on cross-dressing… Some Like it Hot

Tony CurtisOrry-Kelly did the dresses for Marilyn Monroe, and Jack and I were going to wear clothes out of Western Costumes. So I went to Western Costumes and they fitted us out in these dresses that belonged to Loretta Young and Kate Smith and Debbie Reynolds and Lola Momez, they tookΒ  all our measurements… and none of them fit. They all puckered tight up and I didn’t like them, I didn’t like the idea that these women had worn these dresses, so I went to Billy Wilder, I said, “Billy can’t you have Orry-Kelly make our dresses?” He says, “All right, let him make your dresses.” I knew it was rare for Orry-Kelly to do guy’s dresses, so that was really nice.” Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT, edited by Alison Castle with interviews by Dan Auiler, published by Taschen

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  1. September 23, 2012

    Still my fave Billy Wilder film. Love that final shot with Billy and Jack.

    • September 23, 2012

      “Well — nobody’s perfect.” πŸ˜‰

  2. September 23, 2012

    “Nobody talks like that!”
    Tony was so right to ask for Orry-Kelly. Those dresses were great!

    OH! I made a sensation at Christian Bible Camp in Vista California when I was 9. I had just seen Some Like It Hot so when we had talent night I put a mop on my head and sang “I Want To Be Loved By You.” My parents got a phone call the next day… but the boys loved it and chased me around for a week begging for a kiss from “Marilyn”.

    • September 23, 2012

      “How could I aaaa- spire to anything high-er!”
      I have a final coat of satin gloss on the floor and I feel strangely light headed. Am going to trot my chops outside and cool my core in my neighbor’s swimming pool and breath in some pure O2, well, as pure as it gets here πŸ˜‰
      xox! V

      • September 23, 2012

        cool off and relax…there is a new bedtime story waiting for you.

      • September 23, 2012

        Yes! I’m heading over to your place now πŸ™‚

  3. September 23, 2012

    Cool! Now, I’ve got to go back and view their dresses again. My eyes are always on Miss M. Naturally.

    • September 23, 2012

      Orry-Kelly did something noteworthy – he made these characters look chic and tailored and attractive, I’d say handsome, in dresses which really suit Curtis and Lemmon. So instead of looking laughable in drag, they look natural, and the comedy comes from their performances and the situation they find themselves in. Remarkable and pitch perfect movie costume design.

  4. September 24, 2012

    Tony Curtis demanded and received something?

    • September 24, 2012

      My first belly laugh of the day – thank you, Andy!

  5. May 18, 2013

    Dearest V
    One must comment that Mr Curtis looks more at home with mascara than Mr Lemon… he was the better looking woman after all!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • May 18, 2013

      I know I’m straying off topic here but, Keanu Reeves, in mascara, in “Little Buddha” *swoon* – I can say no more.

      • May 18, 2013

        Dear V
        I must consult the petit guru again, for I have no recollection of either the film or this spectacle!
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

      • May 18, 2013

        πŸ˜‰ you can thank me later.

      • May 18, 2013

        The Dandy smile in anticipatory gratitude.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

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  7. George Kaplan
    August 21, 2016

    Aha, I cast my gaze upward and see Ms Vickie has already quoted that fabulous line! πŸ˜‰

  8. August 23, 2016

    I’m looking at Tony and all I can think of is “Sweet Smell of Success” and ‘…Cleopatra on a plate”!

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