By Joan Howard Maurer
While the 3 Stooges have been the longest-active and best comedy group in Hollywood, their inventive top coincided with the years Curly was once with them, from 1932 to 1946. To their enthusiasts, Curly will be the zaniest of the 3. recognized for his high-pitched voice, his “n’yuk-n’yuk-n’yuk” and “why, soitenly,” and his dazzling athleticism, Curly was once a real usual, an untrained actor with a knack for improvisation. but for many years, little was once identified approximately his own life.
Then, in 1985, Joan Howard Maurer, Curly’s niece, released this definitive biography.
while she first got down to write the publication, there has been virtually no biographical info on hand approximately Curly. So she spoke at size to his kinfolk, buddies, and co-workers. She accumulated a wealth of Curly memorabilia, a mix of written fabric and infrequent photos of Curly’s kin, motion pictures, and private existence. In Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge, she positioned all of it jointly to come back up with the 1st and in basic terms in-depth examine this loopy comedic genius. She integrated lots of intimate information about his stunning courting together with his mom, his marriages, and his interactions along with his daughters and friends.
regardless of its excellence as a well-rounded portrait of the main unpredictable—and such a lot popular—Stooge, Curly has lengthy been out of print. This new version of a undying vintage, now up-to-date with formerly unpublished evidence, is bound to be liked by way of 3 Stooges lovers new and old.
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Extra of Curly’s canine in the course of 1944. (right) i-xx_1-204-6b_Curly_final. indd a hundred and five 6/25/13 8:54 AM 106 C ur l y Curly, Shemp, and Curly’s boxer puppy (1944). Curly mugging along with his schnauzers (1944). i-xx_1-204-6b_Curly_final. indd 106 6/25/13 8:54 AM he ’4 zero s 107 In attempting to clarify Curly and his many canines, my brother Paul acknowledged, “There used to be a distinct connection among Curly and canine and Curly and ladies; a lady was once a sophisticated being, not easy to appreciate, demanding to delight and to stay devoted to. A canines better half, nonetheless, made minimum calls for, used to be continually affectionate, price little or no cash to deal with, and used to be perpetually unswerving. ” vehicles have been certainly Curly’s number-two precedence. so long as i will be able to consider, my uncle enjoyed cars—the higher, brighter, and more moderen the higher. the only I keep in mind most sensible within the ’40s was once a vibrant, tomato-red Buick convertible, and oh, how he enjoyed that motor vehicle! Curly used to be an outstanding motive force and all through his existence may well by no means comprehend why his phobia-ridden brother Shemp hated them so and had by no means pushed in his existence. along with his prized four-wheeled luxuries, Curly persisted along with his insatiable urge for food for dear cigars and high-style garments. I bear in mind him strolling into our residence in Toluca Lake sooner or later brandishing a big cigar and wearing an outfit that would be termed “early Liberace. ” He had on a eco-friendly baize (a textile similar to felt) jacket with pants to check, and draped over his shoulders used to be a classy brown tweed coat. while my father observed him, he fingered one of many jacket’s bright-green lapels, made a tut-tutting noise, and quipped, “So that’s what occurred to the pool desk. ” In among takes in the course of filming of Phony convey (1943). i-xx_1-204-6b_Curly_final. indd 107 6/25/13 8:54 AM 108 C ur l y Curly’s older daughter, Marilyn (lower right), at Paul Howard’s (upper left) birthday celebration in Moe’s backyard (1943). On December 19, 1943, Curly’s father Sol died, and a 12 months that had started with unpleasantness additionally ended on a grievous be aware. Curly received one other apartment in early 1944 and, nonetheless saddened over the lack of his mom, father, and brother—all in under 4 years—asked his lately widowed brother Jack and nephew Norman to return from Pittsburgh to stick with him. It used to be in this moment stopover at to Curly’s domestic and a later 3rd, and ultimate, stopover at that Norman acquired to grasp Curly rather well, palling round with him, vacationing the set, and taking photographs of Curly, his canine, and his girlfriends. I telephoned my cousin Norman on February 18, 1984, and he was once sort sufficient to take day out from his busy paintings time table to permit me to interview him approximately his remembrances of his 3 remains together with his uncle Curly. Norman Howard, Curly’s nephew and Jack Howard’s son, practiced optometry in Redlands, a small city simply west of Palm Springs. Norman had a spouse, Ann, and childrens, Robert and Judy. He was once wild approximately canine, a trait inherited from his uncle Curly, whom he visited in California from his homeland of Pittsburgh in 1941, back in 1944 whilst he used to be within the Marines, and at last in 1948.