reprint from Time magazine, Dec 1, 1958
HOLLYWOOD "He Was a Beautiful Man"
When the service ended, an honor guard of Marine aviators carried the body of ex-Marine Tyrone Power, 44, from Hollywood's Chapel of the Psalms to a grave in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Major Power deserved the attention; he had served his country well during World War II. As an actor, he had been better than many of Hollywood's handsome heroes. As a private citizen, he had certainly been no worse. But in paying its last respects to a man it genuinely liked -- he had died on Spain on the set of his latest movie, Solomon and Sheba -- Hollywood somehow had to turn the occasion into a supercolossal production. It brought to grisly life the mordant funeral fantasies of Evelyn Waugh or Nathanael West.
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In Spain, meanwhile, on the set of Solomon and Sheba, Tyrone Power's funeral marked a beginning, not an end, to trouble. Now that United Artists had decided not to cash in on a $2,500,000 insurance policy and pull out of the picture, problems piled up. Should they use a double t finish the scenes Ty had left undone? At least 50 applicants asked for the job. Even the final decision to hire Brynner and start again from scratch was plagued with difficulties. Stockier than Ty and almost 3 inches shorter, Yul would need all his costumes made over. He was already growing a beard so the last scenes would have to be shot first, then a shave and a run through the early days when the King of Israel was a beardless youth.
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Back in Hollywood, most of the crowd had left before Linda Christian and Ty's two daughters, Romina, 7, and Taryn, 5, laid a 5-ft. cross of white gardenias on the grave -- which was all right with Debbie. "Ty belongs to me now," said Debbie. "Whatever anybody else does is of no concern to me any more." Said Linda, "I'm happy for her if she can find peace in that belief."