On Monday dad, actor and legend Tony Curtis was put to rest. The 85-year-old actor who starred in such films as Some Like It Hot, The Sweet Smell of Success and The Defiant Ones died from a cardiac arrest at his home in Las Vegas. His funeral was attended by over 400 people and included some star worthy moments. Here are all the details about the fond farewell from family and friends.
In attendance was his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, his wife Jill Curtis, actor Kirk Douglas, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, and singer Phyllis McGuire, porn star Ron Jeremy and Vera Goulet (widow of Broadway singer Robert Goulet) and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who gave a speech.
The funeral was held at the Palm Mortuary and Cemetery where he was buried with some of his favoriate possessions such as, “a Stetson hat, an Armani scarf, driving gloves, an iPhone and a copy of his favorite novel, “Anthony Adverse,” a book that inspired his celebrity name.”
His casket was surrounded by many of Tony Curtis’ artwork that included colorful painting and a few black black-and-white drawings.
There were seven honorary pallbearers that included Douglas, McGuire, Kerkorian, and longtime friend Gene Kilroy.
Jamie Lee went up and spoke about her dad saying he was ”a little meshuga”(Yiddish for crazy) but that he was always “full of life.” She also joked that, “All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate need for attention.”
In wife Jill’s eulogy she “recalled his simple loves: Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Splenda, his dog and white clothes. She urged family and friends to dwell not on his death, but on his extraordinary life.”
Schwarzenegger regaled the mourners with a story that Curtis had encouraged him to change his name and his accent to “make it in Hollywood.”
After the funeral there was a reception for about 100 invited guests that took place at the Luxor.
The funeral was followed by the burial and then a reception for more than 100 invited guests at the Luxor hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
“Tony didn’t like funerals,” his wife said. “He didn’t want to make it funeral-y, more like a celebration.”