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Family plans public farewell for actor Tony Curtis

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FILE - Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh pose with their children, Kelly 5, and Jamie, 2 1/2 in this Sept. 19,1961 file photo prior to their departure on the SS Argentina for the Argentine where Curtis was to do location filming for the movie "Taras Bulba." FILE - Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh pose with their children, Kelly 5, and Jamie, 2 1/2 in this Sept. 19,1961 file photo prior to their departure on the SS Argentina for the Argentine where Curtis was to do location filming for the movie "Taras Bulba."
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    Thursday, September 30 2010 10:25 AM EDT2010-09-30 14:25:06 GMT
    Tony Curtis shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," ''The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot." 
    Tony Curtis shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," ''The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot." 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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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