Hollywood Elite Mourns Philip Seymour Hoffman

Stars attend private funeral in New York City

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 7, 2014 5:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects today at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. The coffin holding Hoffman's body was brought out of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City by pallbearers and put in a hearse as family and guests began to stream out this afternoon. Streep hugged Diane Sawyer as they left.

"He left an enormous amount of love behind. It's a terrible loss," said Jose Rivera, a playwright whose work has been produced by Hoffman's LAByrinth Theatre Company. He said the service was loving and simple, with people sharing their memories of Hoffman and laughing. "It was quite beautiful and heartfelt and sincere, and everybody had a lot to remember, in terms of Phil," Rivera said. The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Laura Linney, Jerry Stiller, Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Sawyer's husband, the director Mike Nichols. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman's body, was visibly upset as he arrived.

Mimi O'Donnell, center, estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, stands with their three children, from left, Willa, Tallulah and Cooper, in the doorway of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Mimi O'Donnell, center, estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, stands with their three children, from left, Willa, Tallulah and Cooper, in the doorway of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for the funeral.
Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for the funeral.   (Jason DeCrow)
Writer David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman's body, is embraced as he arrives at the church.
Writer David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman's body, is embraced as he arrives at the church.   (Jason DeCrow)
Meryl Streep arrives at the church.
Meryl Streep arrives at the church.   (Jason DeCrow)
Michelle Williams, right, arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for the private funeral.
Michelle Williams, right, arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for the private funeral.   (Jason DeCrow)
Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K. arrive for the funeral.
Ellen Burstyn and Louis C.K. arrive for the funeral.   (Mark Lennihan)
Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton arrive.
Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton arrive.   (Jason DeCrow)
Amy Adams  and fiance Darren Le Gallo arrive at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Amy Adams and fiance Darren Le Gallo arrive at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.   (Jason DeCrow)
Barricades are placed outside of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola before the funeral.
Barricades are placed outside of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola before the funeral.   (Jason DeCrow)
Director Mike Nichols, left, and Diane Sawyer arrive for the funeral.
Director Mike Nichols, left, and Diane Sawyer arrive for the funeral.   (Mark Lennihan)
Ethan Hawke arrives for the funeral.
Ethan Hawke arrives for the funeral.   (Mark Lennihan)
Marisa Tomei arrives for the funeral at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Marisa Tomei arrives for the funeral at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.   (Mark Lennihan)
Hoffman, in a photo shot last month.
Hoffman, in a photo shot last month.   (Victoria Will)
Movie director Spike Lee leaves the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola following the funeral.
Movie director Spike Lee leaves the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola following the funeral.   (Mark Lennihan)
Mimi O'Donnell, estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, comforts two of their children, daughter Willa, and son Cooper.
Mimi O'Donnell, estranged partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, comforts two of their children, daughter Willa, and son Cooper.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Director Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph leave the funeral.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph leave the funeral.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Comedian Chris Rock leaves the funeral.
Comedian Chris Rock leaves the funeral.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actor Brian Dennehy leaves the funeral.
Actor Brian Dennehy leaves the funeral.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actor Eric Bogosian arrives for the funeral.
Actor Eric Bogosian arrives for the funeral.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Actor Justin Theroux leaves the funeral.
Actor Justin Theroux leaves the funeral.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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