The Goldsmith Memorial Ceremony
JULY 24, 2004 | Submitted by Robert Waggener
Family, friends, and fans gathered at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Friday to say goodbye to legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, who passed away earlier this week at age 75 after a long battle with cancer.
A brief service in English and Hebrew was followed by several speeches from key loved ones and collaborators, including son Joel Goldsmith, music editor Ken Hall, and Goldsmith's long-time friend, who poignantly recalled that the two would talk on the phone pretty much every evening, always in the hour of ten, no matter where each of them happened to be.
The uncharacteristically cool July afternoon was filled with laughter and tears as those in attendance recalled his humanity, his life, and his love. The service, both intimate and low-key, saw numbers so large that the back terrace behind the Memorial Chapel had to be opened for additional seating.
Among those in attendance were director Richard Donner, whose 1976 film The Omen earned Goldsmith his only Oscar win, and director Joe Dante, with whom Goldsmith collaborated ten times, including on the composer's final score, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, last fall.
Fellow composers David Newman, Lalo Schifrin, James Newton Howard, and Cliff Eidelman, among others, were on hand to pay their respects along with much of the late composer's behind-the-scenes team, various representatives from the SCL and BMI, and his agent Richard Kraft.