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Carl Reiner, who died June 29 at age 98, received an all-star sendoff during a private memorial Aug. 9.
Multiple attendees confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a who’s who of friends, family and comedy collaborators attended the 450-person Zoom tribute that also was live-streamed. Set up by son Rob Reiner, the program featured Dick Van Dyke, who toplined the Carl-created Dick Van Dyke Show; Mel Brooks, a friend for seven decades who co-created their iconic comic routine, The 2,000-Year-Old Man; Bill and Hillary Clinton; Norman Lear; Albert Brooks; Carl’s manager George Shapiro; Billy Crystal; Sarah Silverman; Audra MacDonald; and Steve Martin. Family members including Carl’s other children, Annie and Lucas Reiner, also offered words.
An attendee says that both Mel’s and Albert’s remarks were especially amazing and that Martin was “brilliant.” A rep for Rob Reiner did not respond to a request for comment.
This story first appeared in the Aug. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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