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Tony Curtis To Check Into The Del's 'Some Like It Hot' Weekend

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August 20, 2009 at 4:32 PM | by | ()

Fans of the cross-dressing classic Some Like It Hot can celebrate the comedy's 50th anniversary by hanging with star Tony Curtis during a weekend of film-related festivities at the storied Hotel del Coronado.

Hosting the film's anniversary party is appropriate, since the Del appears in the flick as Miami's Seminole-Ritz Hotel. "The Del is so prominently featured in the movie, it almost becomes a fifth character," says Christine Donovan, the hotel's historian. The Del will pay homage to SLIH with a special two-day package that includes hotel digs (starting at $340 per night at the Del and $595 per night at the Beach Village at the Del), an SLIH DVD, a copy of the new book Some Like It Hot: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion by Laurence Maslon and two tickets to all of the events.

Kick off the weekend September 18, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, with a reception and '50s-themed tasting menu and meet the original ladies from the film's all-blond jazz band Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators. To honor the Sweet Sue gals, Broadway singer Nancy Anderson will do some cabaret while a Sugar (Marilyn Monroe's character) look-alike will pose for photos with guests.

Then on September 19, from 5:00 to 6:45 PM, sip some cocktails while Maslon dishes on the making of the film. Afterward, Maslon will sign copies of his book. Then from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Curtis will join you for dinner, showing a montage of his movies and selling his book Tony Curtis: An American Prince and some of his artwork. (Hey, guy's gotta make a living.)

You'll want to be there to hear his behind-the-scenes tales of working with Jack Lemmon and making out with siren Monroe. No word, though, if he'll be wearing a dress as part of the occasion.

Recognizing that people may not be able to attend both evenings, the Del is selling tickets piecemeal as well. The September 18 shindig costs $75 and the September 19 activities will set you back $125.

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