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Tony Curtis laid to rest with a public funeral in Las Vegas

October 4, 2010 |  6:33 pm

Jamie-lee-curtis-funeral A public funeral for actor Tony Curtis was held Monday in Las Vegas, with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger among those getting up to say a few words.

"All of us got something from him. I, of course, got his desperate need for attention," his daughter joked to the 400 or so people in attendance.

Schwarzenegger recalled encouragement from the "Some Like It Hot" actor about making it despite his thick accent and called Curtis someone who 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.

His sixth wife, Jill Curtis, also spoke: "He was, as one fan put it, a once-in-a-lifetime man."

The 85-year-old actor died Wednesday at home in Henderson, Nev., of cardiac arrest. Read more about the service here -- including details of the favorite items that were buried with him.

— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis places a flower on the casket of her father, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, at the Palm Mortuary and Cemetery, Green Valley, in Las Vegas on Oct. 4. Credit: Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images.

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