'Well!' Jack Would Have Said at the Turnout of the Stars
updated 01/13/1975 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/13/1975 AT 01:00 AM EST
Recovered from heart surgery, George Burns, 78, was Benny's best pal.
Bob Hope, 71, and his wife, Dolores, who is infrequently seen in public, sign in. Hope later delivered Benny's eulogy at the brief service.
Oldest comic, Groucho Marx, 84, waits for companion Erin Fleming.
A crowd of more than 2,000 sightseers turned out for the Benny funeral at the Culver City Hillside Memorial Park.
An ever youthful Merle Oberon, now 63, signs the registry while her lover, actor Robert Wolders, 36, waits his turn.
Phil Harris, who was an early Benny radio show regular before getting his own show with wife, Alice Faye, greets Rosemarie and Robert Stack.
Attending the service with his wife, Veronique, Gregory Peck, 58, was one of the younger pallbearers.
James Stewart, 66, often played himself on Benny's programs.
Frank Sinatra, 59, and Milton Berle, 66 (in back, right), both acted as pallbearers for their longtime friend.
Show-biz politicos George Murphy (top) and Ronald Reagan with wife, Nancy, brave the crowd.
Among the guests was Jack Lemmon, who enters the chapel with wife, Felicia Farr.
Natalie Wood, 36, and husband, Robert Wagner, 44, represent the more youthful Hollywood.