(GLENDALE, Calif.) -- One day after dying of congestive heart failure at the age of 79, Elizabeth Taylor was remembered at a private funeral service Thursday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. Only three to four dozen close friends and family members attended the service, which lasted about an hour.
The service was scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. local time, but it started late -- and for good reason. Taylor had left instructions that it was to begin at least 15 minutes later than publicly scheduled, because, according to an announcement, “She even wanted to be late for her own funeral.”
Actor Colin Farrell, whom Taylor considered a close friend, recited Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo” at the service.
Taylor is interred inside the Great Mausoleum at the cemetery. The mausoleum is not open to the public. The cemetery is also home to Taylor's close friend, Michael Jackson, as well as John Wayne, Clark Gable, Walt Disney and many other celebrities.
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