Philip Seymour Hoffman Funeral, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who fiercely protected his private life, will be mourned behind closed doors today in an emotional farewell from his close-knit family and loyal Hollywood friends.
A private funeral for the Oscar-winning actor is being held for 400 people at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, on a bright but bitterly cold day in Manhattan.
The actor’s partner of 15 years Mimi O’Donnell looked devastated as she pulled her three children Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7 and Willa, 5, close while they watched Hoffman’s casket being carried in the church around midday.
Hundreds of mourners had come to say goodbye at the Upper East Side church including Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Michelle Williams, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Spike Lee, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Olsen, Diane Sawyer and her director husband, Mike Nichols.
Hoffman, 46, was found dead on Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his West Village apartment. He had been open about a past that included drug addiction and rehab.
Among those attending the funeral were Hoffman’s close friend and former co-star, Cate Blanchett who shielded her eyes with sunglasses as she walked into the church with husband, director Andrew Upton.
The Australian couple wept as they left the funeral and held onto each other for support.
Michelle Williams, who lost her partner Heath Ledger six years ago to a drug overdose, left the funeral holding the arm of friend and former co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.
Most of those who attended the funeral had personal ties to Hoffman. He and Blanchett co-starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley and Hoffman starred in Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour.
Jaoquin Phoenix shared the screen with Hoffman in The Master – as did Amy Adams.
Adams also appeared in Doubt with Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
Burstyn and Hoffman were in Red Dragon and Hawke co-starred with Hoffman in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.
Slattery directed Hoffman in his new film God’s Pocket, and Nichols directed Hoffman on Broadway in Death of a Salesman.
Before the funeral, Hoffman’s close friend, the writer David Bar Katz, looked distraught and tearful as he arrived with his family, getting a tight embrace from a friend on the steps of the church.
Director Spike Lee arrived early and was seen waiting outside in the cold, deep in thought.