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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor requested her funeral begin 15 minutes late

Elizabeth Taylor's final entrance was in true Hollywood fashion by being 15 minutes late to her own funeral.

The Hollywood legends private service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA today. According to People magazine the service began 15 minutes late under instructions that she left.. A family spokesperson said, "She even wanted to be late for her own funeral."  The service lasted for one hour, and was attended by 40 of Taylor's close friends and family The Wrap reported.

Colin Farrell who was a close friend of Taylor recited a poem "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo by Manley Hopkins.

Taylor's grandson, musician Rhys Tivey, also performed a solo trumpet rendition of Amazing Grace at the ceremony, which included a closed casket draped with gardenias, violets and lily of the valley.

Original speculation had been the Hollywood icon would be be laid to rest at the Westwood Village Memorial Park where both her parents are interred in an adjacent crypt she reportedly owned, but instead she was placed at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  Forest Lawn is the final resting place of some the biggest names in Hollywood, including her close friend Michael Jackson.

Taylor will be interred in the Great Mausoleum on the cemetery's grounds, in a gated crypt named the Sanctuary of Ascension. This area is private and off limits to the general public.

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