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The Tony Curtis Funeral: All the Details of His Moving Tribute

By Sunny Chanel |

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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.”

Photo: PCN

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0 thoughts on “The Tony Curtis Funeral: All the Details of His Moving Tribute

  1. 3b producer says:

    Happy to see Ron Jeremy supporting such a fine actor. See Ron in his first mainstream starring role in “Beaches, Buns and Bikinis.”

  2. Dave VandenBerg says:

    I had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Tony well. The most significant thing about Tony was his kindness, consideration, and his desire to help anyone in need. He was devoted to his fans…and vice versa. There was shared loyalty based on more than simple celebrity. He truly cared about his fans and they knew it and they reciprocated in kind. A true gentleman in the finest sense…a person who always retained his humility and his awareness of his humble beginnings. A thankful man, always grateful for his success and never taking sole credit for it. I, along with many others, will miss this kind and gentle man.

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