Memorial idea: An open-casket cocktail party à la Leslie Nielsen

on 08/12/10 at 6:02 pm

Booze News

As the jazzy soundtrack of The Naked Gun blared on the speakers and Canadian mounties saluted, actor Leslie Nielsen’s coffin was carried into Fort Lauderdale’s Lago Mar Resort Monday afternoon for a memorial billed as “Cocktails With Leslie and Barbaree.”

About 100 family members and friends of the actor’s socialized near the open casket set up in one of the resort’s ballrooms. Some wiped away tears, others laughed quietly as they watched on a giant screen clips from famous the Canadian-born Nielsen’s films and TV shows, including Airplane!, The Naked Gun and TV’s Police Squad!.

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