Politicians, Actors And Family Members Gather For Heston Funeral

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charlton Heston has been remembered at his
funeral as devoutly religious and patriotic -- a man who was an
imposing figure both in his politics and on the big screen.

Heston died a week ago at age 84 in his Beverly Hills home following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Today's funeral took place in the church where he worshipped.

About 300 people attended the funeral, including family members,
politicians and actors.

A frail Nancy Reagan entered the church on the arm of Tom Selleck. Following the nearly 2-hour ceremony, the former first lady left with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other notables from Heston's Hollywood history included Olivia DeHavilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner.

Heston was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. In recent years, he became better known for his conservative politics and position on gun rights as head of the
National Rifle Association.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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