It was a solemn procession as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s casket was carried up the steps of St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Following close behind was his grieving companion Mimi O’Donnell and their three children. She held five-year-old Willa in her arms as she gently comforted 10-year-old Connor.
It was a private affair for his grieving family and friends and the A-list stars who worked with him in the movies.
As the VIP guests arrived, they were asked for I.D. and were checked off a list.
Cate Blanchett came arm-in-arm with her husband. Meryl Streep arrived wearing a long coat in the bitter cold. Ethan Hawke stopped to say hi to Jake Gyllenhaal. Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams were also there, they co-starred with Hoffman in The Master.
Michelle Williams, who suffered the loss of her boyfriend Heath Ledger to drug addiction also came to say a final farewell, as did Julianne Moore who worked with Hoffman in Boogie Nights.
Hoffman's body will be cremated.
The service was heartbreaking, "Amazing Grace" was played and Blanchett did the first reading. While O'Donnell did not speak, there were many teary tributes to one of the great actors of his generation at the church which has been the site of so many previous notable funerals, including Jackie Onassis’ 20 years ago.
Fashion designer Valentino is under fire for emailing fashion media that Amy Adams was carrying a Valentino bag at the funeral.
USA Today called the email "Tasteless" and "Eww."
Ugg reportedly sent gifts to Hoffman's celebrity friends hoping they would wear them at the funeral.
After the funeral, came the truly heartbreaking moment as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s casket was taken from the church. Mimi O’Donnell and the children were inconsolable as they said one final goodbye.