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Tony Curtis Remembered at Las Vegas Funeral Service 

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- More than 400 people gathered at a Las Vegas funeral chapel Monday to remember the late acting legend Tony Curtis, who died last Wednesday at the age of 85. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the service began with a film tribute to the Oscar-nominated actor before Curtis' daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, and other guests spoke.

Jamie Lee Curtis told the guests at Palm Mortuary & Cemetery, "No matter what the question is, the answer is love. Remember that in my father's memory."

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled a piece of advice Curtis once gave him: "Get rid of the accent, change the name...and you will make it." Curtis himself used a stage name.  His birth name was Bernard Schwartz.

Comedian and impressionist Rich Little, another guest at the service, told reporters that the Some Like It Hot star had "went from a pretty boy to a terrific, terrific dramatic actor."

A burial and reception were held after the service.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Remembers Her Late Father 

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesJamie Lee Curtis is speaking out about the death of her father, Oscar-nominated star Tony Curtis, who passed away last week at the age of 85 from cardiac arrest.

Curtis, who was estranged from her father for many years before they settled their differences, tells People magazine, "His personal failings and public successes have been well documented, and my relationship with him, although nonexistent for much of my life, in the end was good and based on mutual respect rather than any father and daughter model." 

The magazine also reports a memorial service for Curtis will take place Monday in Las Vegas.

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Actor Tony Curtis Dead at Age 85 

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures/ Getty Images(HENDERSON, Nev.) -- Hollywood acting legend Tony Curtis died Thursday at the age of 85. His business manager and family spokesman, Preston Ahearn confirmed his passing to ABC News Radio.  Curtis passed away in bed at midnight Eastern time laying next to his wife in their Henderson, Nevada home.   His best-known roles included starring opposite Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, as well as his Oscar-nominated role in The Defiant Ones a year earlier, with Sidney Poitier.  Other films included Spartacus and The Great Race.  Curtis is the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

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