Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Tony Curtis buried with iPhone

Jamie Lee Curtis attended the funeral of her father Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis was buried with some of his favourite possessions - a Stetson hat, an Armani scarf, driving gloves, an iPhone and a copy of his favourite novel, Anthony Adverse - as more than 400 celebrities, fans, friends and family members gathered to say goodbye to the Hollywood legend at a public funeral in Las Vegas.

The 85-year-old Oscar-nominated actor, who starred in such films as The Defiant Ones and Some Like It Hot, died on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The crowd laughed as an animated Curtis appeared in a scene from the television series The Flintstones and sparred with actor Kirk Douglas in Spartacus.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Curtis' daughter from his first marriage with Psycho actress Janet Leigh, became tearful as she described a man who was, she said, "a little meshuga" - Yiddish for crazy - but always full of life.

"All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate need for attention," she joked.

Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled Curtis as a generous mentor who encouraged the actor-turned-politician's budding Hollywood career when others told him his foreign accent and name were too much of a handicap.

Curtis, whose native Bronx accent initially earned him similar criticism, could sympathise.

"You are going to make it," Schwarzenegger recalled Curtis telling him. "Don't pay any attention to those guys. I heard the same thing when I came here."

Schwarzenegger said Curtis refused to feel old. "I mean, who has the guts to take off their clothes at the age of 80?" Schwarzenegger said, recalling Curtis' naked photo shoot in Vanity Fair in 2005.

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