Tony Curtis is buried with his iPhone and a Stetson
Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the mourners at Hollywood star’s funeral in Las Vegas
In true Roman style, Spartacus actor Tony Curtis was buried with some of his favourite possessions yesterday, including his iPhone, a Stetson cowboy hat, an Armani scarf, driving gloves and a copy of Anthony Adverse, the book from which the actor, who was born Bernard Schwartz to Hungarian Jewish immigrants, took half of his stage name.
The Hollywood star's public funeral at the Palm Mortuary and Cemetery in Las Vegas was attended by more than 400 people, including his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian and Kirk Douglas, who starred with Curtis in Spartacus.
Curtis, who starred in some of Hollywood's most memorable films, including The Vikings and Some Like it Hot, died of a heart attack last week at the age of 85.
Jamie Lee Curtis, who was Curtis's daughter by his first wife Janet Leigh, gave a eulogy yesterday in which she recalled that her father was a "little mashugana" – Yiddish for crazy. "All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate need for attention," she said.
Former actor Schwarzenegger told the audience how Curtis had encouraged him when he was starting out and told him to ignore people who said his Austrian accent and name would scupper his chances in Hollywood: "You are going to make it. Don't pay any attention to those guys. I heard the same thing when I came here," Curtis told him.
Gene Kilroy, a friend of Curtis, told the Associated Press how Curtis "had a certain way of making everybody feel like they were Spartacus".
The audience, surrounded by examples of Curtis's art, also watched clips from the actor's career, including his appearance in The Flintstones and Spartacus, and said Jewish prayers. Later, 200 guests attended a reception at Las Vegas's Luxor hotel. ·
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