Family Plans Public Farewell For Actor Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis is honored at the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 89th Annual Installation & Awards Luncheon in Hollywood, California on April 15, 2010 Tony Curtis is honored at the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce 89th Annual Installation & Awards Luncheon in Hollywood, California on April 15, 2010

Celebrities, fans, friends and family members are saying goodbye to Tony Curtis during public funeral services to celebrate the movie star’s life.

Longtime friend and pallbearer Gene Kilroy tells The Associated Press that Curtis’ wife, Jill Curtis, plans to eulogize her husband of 16 years Monday in Las Vegas. The 85-year-old Oscar-nominated actor who starred in “The Defiant Ones” and “Some Like It Hot” died Wednesday.

An hourlong funeral is to be followed by burial and then a private reception at the Luxor hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Kilroy says billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, actor Kirk Douglas and singer Phyllis McGuire are among seven honorary pallbearers. Curtis’ daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, is among family members expected to attend.

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