LOS ANGELES — Representatives of Hollywood's past and present gathered Sunday to pay their final respects to Jack Lemmon, one of the most beloved American actors of his generation. He died Wednesday at age 76.
Those gathered at the private funeral service spanned the generational gamut from legendary writer-director Billy Wilder, 95, who first directed Lemmon in 1959 to actor Michael Douglas, 56, who appeared with him in "The China Syndrome" two decades later.
The service at the exclusive Westwood cemetery was restricted to family and friends of the late actor, remembered last week for the nervous, edgy quality he brought to a range of roles from cross-dressing farce to passionate drama.
Lemmon's widow, Felicia Farr, who was with her husband when he died Wednesday of complications from cancer, was the last to arrive for the hourlong memorial. Chris Lemmon, the late actor's son, emerged as the service ended holding a single red flower.
Actress Shirley Maclaine, who starred as Lemmon's accidental love interest in the 1960 comedy "The Apartment" and actor Kevin Spacey, who considered Lemmon an idol and later a mentor, both attended the memorial.
Spacey appeared as his Lemmon's bureaucratic tormentor in the 1992 David Mamet drama "Glengarry Glen Ross," in which Lemmon played the aging salesman on an unrelenting hard-luck streak.