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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
Jack Lemmon laid to rest
Lemmon's star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame
Flowers laid by Lemmon's star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame
Several generations of Hollywood stars attended the funeral on Sunday of actor Jack Lemmon, who died on Wednesday aged 76.

Guests at the private ceremony included director Billy Wilder, 95, Lemmon's old friend Kirk Douglas, 84, and co-stars Shirley Maclaine, 67, and Kevin Spacey, 41.

Lemmon's widow Felicia Farr and his son Chris Lemmon were in attendance for the hour-long memorial.

Tony Curtis, Marylin Monroe and Jack Lemmon
Lemmon co-starred with Curtis and Monroe in Some Like It Hot
The service was held at the Westwood cemetery, the resting place for other post-war stars including Marilyn Monroe, who starred with Lemmon and Tony Curtis in Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot.

The service, restricted to friends and family, was also attended by Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Frank Sinatra's widow Barbara and Charlie Matthau, son of Lemmon's friend and comic co-star Walter.

Odd Couple

Lemmon made eight films with Walter Matthau, including the celebrated The Odd Couple in 1968.

In later life the pair worked together on Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men and The Odd Couple II.

Maclaine also co-starred with Lemmon, in 1960's The Apartment, while Kevin Spacey played opposite Lemmon in 1992's Glengarry Glen Ross.

All Lemmon's fellow actors were familiar with his characteristic call just as the cameras started to roll on set: "Magic time!"

Lemmon won two Academy Awards and was the first man ever to win Oscars as both best actor (Save the Tiger, 1973) and best supporting actor (Mister Roberts, 1955).

  • Italy's Taormina Film Festival paid tribute to Jack Lemmon at the weekend, showing his 1985 film Macaroni in which he teamed up with Marcello Mastroianni for a comic farce set in Naples.

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