Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Tony Curtis, remembers her father as the man he was before he became movie star Tony Curtis–when he was still known as Bernard Schwartz–People magazine reports.
The actress talked about her sometimes strained relationship with her father, who died of cardiac arrest Wednesday at age 85. “My relationship with him, although nonexistent for much of my life, in the end was good and based on mutual respect rather than any father and daughter model,” she told the magazine.
She also said her father never forgot his roots. “Although he looked, smelled, dressed, traveled and ate different than his old friends, they knew that somewhere under his glow and fancy cars lurked Bernie Schwartz–and they loved him for it,” she told People in a statement.