Famous guests attend Nancy Reagan's funeral

First Lady Nancy Reagan. Photo / Getty Images
First Lady Nancy Reagan. Photo / Getty Images

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Selleck and Mr T joined mourners to bid farewell to former US First Lady Nancy Reagan at her funeral on Friday.

Nancy Reagan's children Ronald Prescott Reagan and Patti Davis speak at her funeral. Photo / Getty Images
Nancy Reagan's children Ronald Prescott Reagan and Patti Davis speak at her funeral. Photo / Getty Images


Nearly 1000 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, 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.

Mr. T at the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Photo / Getty Images
Mr. T at the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Photo / Getty Images


Respected US broadcasters Diane Sawyer and Tom Brokaw shared a few words about the late First Lady, too.

Former governor of California Jimmy Wilson, First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush. Photo / Getty Images
Former governor of California Jimmy Wilson, First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush. Photo / Getty Images


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 for the ceremony. President Barack Obama was notably absent 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.

Former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo / Getty Images
Former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo / Getty Images


Nancy was later laid to rest beside her beloved husband on the grounds of their Reagan Presidential Library.

After the sombre service, former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to honour Nancy once more, writing, "We will always remember you, Nancy", while Gary Sinise added, "Honored to attend funeral at library today. Farewell Mrs Reagan."

Actor Tom Sellock. Photo / Getty Images
Actor Tom Sellock. Photo / Getty Images

- AAP

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