Actor Tony Curtis Laid To Rest In Las Vegas, With Armani Scarf, Driving Gloves : The Two-Way More than 400 friends and family members participated in traditional Jewish prayers, watched a montage of Curtis films, and heard from the late actor's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis.
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Actor Tony Curtis Laid To Rest In Las Vegas, With Armani Scarf, Driving Gloves

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis places a flower on the casket of her father, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis. Gabriel Bouys/Getty hide caption

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More than 400 guests jammed into Palm Mortuary & Cemeterya, a Las Vegas funeral chapel, today, to honor actor Tony Curtis, who died last week at the age of 85. NPR's Ted Robbins says it was a celebration of the actor's colorful life:

The actor's daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, jokingly called her father "mashugana," then, with tears in her eyes, she said he was full of life.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) called Tony Curtis a mentor — who encouraged his career when others made fun of his accent and name.

Curtis had a strong Brooklyn accent, which didn't hamper his career, although Universal Studios did get him to change his surname from Bernie Schwartz.

Curtis's widow, Jill, said the actor was being laid to rest with his favorite Armani scarf and driving gloves, which he loved — even though he no longer could drive.

The crowd watched a film tribute to his long career. A rabbi led friends and family in traditional Jewish prayers.