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

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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Tony Curtis was my most favorite actor from his era. He was so handsome and seemed to be such a sweet person. I always thought his voice was awesome. And last but not least he was a wonderful actor. He gave us his daughter Jamie Lee and she is my most favorite actor. I would love to see her more often as she is so talented and natural. I will sure miss Tony Curtis but have seen all his movies and he was in them with many great actors as well. What a guy. And Jamie, I will pray for your broken heart, as my Father has cancer and is in his last stage and I can't imagine not having him to call each day. My best friend is also being eaten up with cancer and I am going to lose them both and I cannot help them as I am disabled myself. God Bless you and all that have family that are sick with all these awful diseases out there we haven't been able to cure. I pray you will get through this as I am going to have to follow in your footsteps fairly soon myself. My Father is in Florida and I am here in Iowa and can't afford to go see him, but we talk once or twice a day and it splits up his day some. I watch Nascar so I have something to talk about with him. I will surely be praying for you and your family. Would love to see you in more movies as you are so very talented. I am 53 years old and I watched every movie ever done with the great Tony Curtis and you are so great as well Jamie Lee Curtis. You will remain in my heart and prayers.

My best friend lived in Las Vegas and worked in a casino there. Her and her husband lived there for many years as she took care of her mother in law who had MS. It took a great toll on her to do this, but she is a wonderful person. Now she has cancer, but Cindy Kern is her name so everyone can pray for her and my Fathers name is Norman McCormack and he loved Tony Curtis's movies. I watched movies with him as I was always a Daddy's girl and sat and watched movies with him so I seen alot of older movies as he used to love to watch. So please pray for Jamie Lee, Cindy Kern, and Norman McCormack. It's been a hard time for us. I've been going back and forth helping my Father for the last 8 yrs. as this is his 5th cancer, and a broken hip last year, but he is a strong man as he worked hard all his life. He hates that he cannot do what he used to. So I am asking for many prayers here for all of us as well as Jamie Lee and all who are sick with these diseases we cannot always cure. Thank you for letting me comment. Love and prayers to you and my Father and my best friend. I know what you are going through.


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