Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Selleck Attend Nancy Reagan Funeral
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Selleck and Mr. T joined mourners to bid farewell to former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan at her funeral on Friday.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, to pay their final respects to the late actress and activist, who passed away last Sunday, aged 94.
Nancy and Ronald Reagan’s two children, author and political commentator Ronald Prescott Reagan and actress Patti Davis, both delivered eulogies at the service, while a love letter the former president sent to his wife was also read out during the ceremony by ex-Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Respected news broadcasters Diane Sawyer and Tom Brokaw shared a few words about the late First Lady, too.
Current First Lady Michelle Obama joined former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the front row of the ceremony. President Barack Obama was unable to attend as he had a prior speaking engagement at the South by South West festival in Austin, Texas.
Other famous guests included Schwarzenegger’s reporter ex-wife Maria Shriver, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love, actress Bo Derek, singers Wayne Newton and Johnny Mathis, actor Gary Sinise, Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers, veteran newsman Larry King, and TV producer and writer Norman Lear.
Mrs. Reagan was later laid to rest beside her husband on the grounds of the Reagan Presidential Library.
After the somber service, Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, took to Twitter to honor Reagan once more, writing, “We will always remember you, Nancy,” while Gary Sinise added, “Honored to attend funeral at library today. Farewell Mrs Reagan.”