Archive for March 24th, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

 FUNERALS/MEMORIALS 

Elizabeth Taylor’s family attends burial at Forest Lawn

 

 

By Nardine Saad
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011

 

Elizabeth Taylor’s family and friends arrived about 10 minutes behind schedule to the Hollywood icon’s memorial service in Glendale on Thursday.

 

Dozens of fans and media outlets from around the globe lined the 1700 block of South Glendale Avenue for hours to catch a glimpse of the former actress’ star-studded family and friends as they passed through the grand wrought-iron gates of the memorial park where she will be laid to rest alongside her good friend Michael Jackson.

 

The limos arrived at 2:10 p.m. for the service, which was being held inside the Great Mausoleum where her body will be interred. Glendale Police Department spokesman Tom Lorenz said Taylor’s body was already inside the park.

 

The department was asked to assist in security for the three dozen to four dozen family members and friends expected to attend the service because of the proximity of an elementary school. Officer could be seen on motorcycles and others were in plainclothes.

 

The actress, who died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, converted to Judaism in the 1950s when she married her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher. Jewish tradition calls for a burial as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours, after a person’s death.

 

The cemetery is also the final resting place of movie stars John Wayne [he is actually at Pacific View Memorial Park], James Stewart and Sammy Davis Jr. Taylor and Jackson are in separate wings of the mausoleum, though she is near him, Lorenz said.

 

“There’s nowhere in the world where more famous people are laid to rest,” Lorenz said.

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