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Michael Winner Laid To Rest In Snowy Ceremony
Michael Winner has been laid to rest in a ceremony attended by celebrities including Sir Michael Parkinson and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman.
Winner, 77, whose films included the Death Wish series, died at his home in Kensington in central London on Monday following a lengthy battle with liver disease.
A statement issued by his office said: "Michael Winner was buried today in a moving service at Willesden Jewish Cemetery, north London.
"If Michael had been alive to film it, he would have said 'Perfect, darling, perfect'.
"A cold wind whipped a flurry of snowflakes across the cemetery - a film director's dream."
His widow Geraldine was joined by fellow mourners including Sir David Frost and Chris Rea.
Winner's personal assistant, Natalie Wright, said: "It was the most moving occasion. I've worked for Michael for the last five years and he would have loved the send-off."
Ms Wright added that there were plans for a public memorial service later in the year.
Winner, whose career spanned more than 50 years, worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Marlon Brando, Robert Mitchum and Faye Dunaway.
He later reinvented himself as a restaurant critic, writing about food in his typically flamboyant style in his Winner's Dinners column for The Sunday Times.
Winner also appeared in adverts for motor insurance, coining the catchphrase "Calm down, dear, it's a commercial".
He founded and funded the Police Memorial Trust following the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984.
More than 50 officers have been honoured by the trust at sites across the country, and his initiative led to a National Police Memorial being built in the Mall in central London.