Family and friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman have already been through a lot, and it’s not going to get any easier over the next few days.
On Thursday, his former partner, Mimi O'Donnell and their three children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5, as well as celebrities including Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Ben Stiller, Cate Blanchett, Ellen Burstyn, Joaquin Phoenix, Bennett Miller (who directed Hoffman in "Capote" and "Moneyball"), Michelle Williams, John C. Reilly, and director Paul Thomas Anderson, remembered Hoffman with a wake at Frank E. Campbell funeral home in NYC. It was one of several ceremonies paying tribute to the Oscar-winning actor who died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday.
A private funeral for the late Oscar winner took place Friday at St. Ignatius church, the same location of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s funeral in 1994. Many of the same stars who attended the wake were seen entering the church, along with others including John Slattery, Josh Charles, Mary-Louise Parker, and Spike Lee. Hoffman’s rep has said that a public ceremony will follow later in the month.
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Elsewhere, the tragedy continues to weigh heavily on Hoffman’s former co-stars. Adams broke down in tears while talking about her co-star in “Doubt” and “The Master” on “Inside the Actors Studio” Wednesday. A source told Us Weekly that Adams “couldn’t finish most of her sentences” during the show’s taping. “Amy talked about how he was the greatest actor she had worked with, and couldn’t even tell stories about him without crying. She said to the audience of acting students ‘I wish you all could have had the chance to work with him.’”
Hoffman’s “Talented Mr. Ripley” co-star Blanchett canceled scheduled appearances on “Good Morning America” and “Live With Kelly and Michael” Wednesday. She also skipped the after party of her new movie, “The Monuments Men” Tuesday night, in part because of Hoffman’s death, according to the New York Daily News. (The newspaper noted that the “Blue Jasmine” actress also didn’t want to answer questions about the movie’s director, Woody Allen.)
“She was promoting the film and found herself visiting the devastated children of Philip Seymour Hoffman following his death,” the source said. “I think everyone will understand that she was in no mood to attend a party.”
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Williams, who worked with Hoffman on the film “Synecdoche, New York" and lost the father of her daughter Matilda, Heath Ledger, to an overdose in 2008, was also seen visiting Hoffman's family earlier in the week. Hoffman reportedly helped Ledger with his own addiction struggles. Actor Ethan Hawke, Phoenix, and several others have visited the family throughout the week as well.
Hundreds of friends and fans also gathered for a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night outside New York's LAByrinth Theatre Company, where Hoffman was a member. Meanwhile, the marquee lights on Broadway were dimmed for a minute at 7:45 p.m. in the actor's honor.
This article was originally published on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. PT.
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