My mother loved to watch movies late at night. Often I would watch with her. I came to have a certain appreciation for both those movies and those actors. As I grew older my affection for those films did not change. Actors like Robert Mitchum (my mother's favorite,) Kerry Grant, Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne... too many to mention.... but that list of greats would not be complete without Tony Curtis. Who could resist his dark, handsome good looks and those beautiful blue eyes. I loved his films. There was something so charismatic about him.
Tony's wife, Jill Vandenburg founded Shiloh Horse Rescue with her mother Sally Vandenburg. Tony was their biggest supporter. In fact, Tony and Jill testified before the senate committe regarding horse slaughter legislation. Tony was a horse advocate.
It was my great pleasure to meet him this spring. He was so gracious! And let me tell you... those blue eyes held the same twinkle I had seen on the big screen.
Here Tony talks with Joe Weitekamp about training Mustangs. Do you see how calm and quiet Wiseguy is as Tony's hand rests on his face? Even a Mustang knows when he is in the presence of someone quite exceptional.
Tony will be missed by all that came to know him, by the family and friends that loved him and by the animals that found comfort under his protective hand. We send out love to his family in this time of transition and hope that they know that Tony will live on through his legacy of love and art.
Good night sweet Prince may flights of angels sing the to thy rest.