Relatives, friends on hand for funeral

Beginning fifteen minutes late, Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral marked the dame’s last grand entrance.

“Notoriously tardy throughout her life,Taylor had left instructions that the multi-denominational services were to begin later than publicaly scheduled with the announcement, “She even wanted to be late for her own funeral.”

Rabbi Jerry Cutler officiated the ceremony, which lasted about an hour, in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale. Friend Colin Farrell recited poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo” by Gerard Manley Hopkins while Taylor’s son, grandson and daughter read other selected works.

Taylor’s grandson, Rhys Tivey, performed a tumpet solo of “Amazing Grace.”

Draped with a blanket of gardenias, violets and lily of the valleys, Taylor’s casket was interred beneath a marble Michelangelo angel.

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