03:15 AM EDT 12/17/2014
Originally posted 10/04/2010 04:25PM
Sharing laughter and tears, fans and family members gathered Monday in Las Vegas to pay tribute to Tony Curtis, who died last Wednesday at age 85.
The legendary actor's flag-draped casket sat at the center of a stage at Palm Mortuary next to two of his paintings as guests heard stories of his life and watched clips of some of his best-known movie scenes.
Befitting a movie star with a comic touch, humor was sprinkled throughout the service. His daughter Jamie Lee Curtis even did an impression of her father.
"We are the evidence of him," she said before getting emotional. "We walk the walk led by him. We all got something from him. I, of course, got his need for attention."
Originally posted 10/01/2010 10:10AM
He may have been a Hollywood fixture for more than half a century, but the memorial service for Tony Curtis will be held in Las Vegas, on Monday. The matinee idol, 85, died at his home in Henderson, Nevada, Wednesday, after suffering cardiac arrest.
The service will take place at 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET), at the Palm Mortuary and Cemetery, Green Valley in Las Vegas, CNN was told by Cecelia Jackson, from the funeral home.
According to a statement from the actor's manager, Mike Einfeld, the Curtis family requests that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made to Shiloh Horse Rescue, which helps "abused, unwanted, neglected, and slaughter bound horses of all types."
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 10/01/2010 10:05AM
Two days after Tony Curtis' death, daughter Jamie Lee Curtis is remembering her movie star father as the eager young man before he struck Hollywood gold in the 1950s – back when he was known as Bernard Schwartz, born in the Bronx.
"The older he got, the more he attached to the accoutrements of that new life," Curtis, 51, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "And although he looked, smelled, dressed, traveled and ate different than his old friends, they knew that somewhere under his glow and fancy cars lurked Bernie Schwartz – and they loved him for it."
The actress, who for many years had been estranged from her father before they eventually reconciled, said her father's place in the limelight had affected their relationship.
Originally posted 09/30/2010 03:35PM
Jamie Lee Curtis says her late father, Tony Curtis, who died Wednesday in Las Vegas from cardiac arrest, will be remembered as both a screen legend and family man.
"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages," the actress, 51, said in a statement Thursday.
"He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world," added Curtis.
Originally posted 09/30/2010 05:55AM
Tony Curtis, one of the beefcake screen stars of the 1950s who went on working for the next four decades, has died.
His daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, first confirmed the news to Entertainment Tonight.
The cause of death was cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas home early Wednesday, the Clark County coroner told the Associated Press. The star was 85 and had been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital for tests in mid-July after he had trouble breathing.
Curtis, who also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nearly died when he contracted pneumonia in December 2006 and remained in a coma for several days.
Originally posted 03/28/2002 01:00PM
The star returns to play a new role on stage in a traveling production of his cross-dressing 1959 screwball comedy, reports PEOPLE.
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