Jamie Lee Curtis has paid tribute to her Hollywood legend father Tony Curtis who died on Wednesday (29.09.10).

The 51-year-old actress believes her dad has left behind a "legacy" not only as a wonderful leading actor but also as a great family man who had fans across the globe.

She said: "My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages.

"He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world."

Tony's sixth wife Jill Vandenberg - whom he married in 1998 - also made a statement outside their home in Las Vegas, noting all he had ever wanted to be was a "movie star".

Jill - who was 42 years younger than Tony, who passed away aged 85 - said: "He died peacefully here, surrounded by those who love him and have been caring for him.

"All Tony ever wanted was to be a movie star. He didn't want to be the most dramatic actor. He wanted to be a movie star, ever since he was a little kid."

Jill also revealed the 'Some Like It Hot' star - had been in hospital a number of times in the last few weeks for obstructive pulmonary disease and lung problems.