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Elizabeth Taylor's family arrives at Forest Lawn [Updated]

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This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details


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.

[Updated at 4:13 p.m.: Just minutes before 4 p.m., Taylor's family left the Glendale cemetery without making any public statements.]

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, 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.

--Nardine Saad at Forest Lawn

For the record, 4:10 p.m., March 24: A previous version of this post said Michael Jackson is buried near Marilyn Monroe's crypt. Monroe is buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park cemetery.

Photo: Family and friends arrive at Elizabeth Taylor's private funeral service held at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial-Park. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

 
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"There's nowhere in the world where more famous people are laid to rest," Lorenz said.

Sorry, Mr. Lorenz, but your PR instincts are showing. I guess you've never been to Westminster Abbey in London where quite a few more famous people are buried -- and famous for other than being in the movies.
Still a fan of Elizabeth Taylor.

I DON'T THINK GLENDALE IS READY FOR ALL THIS, THE LOHANS, THE JACKSONS, AND NOW ELIZABETH AND SO SOON AFTER ELIZABETH EDWARDS OF DIVORCE FAME ALSO. AND ZAA ZAA GABOR IS CONVINCED HER TURN, AT AGE 94, IS NEXT AFTER JANE RUSSELL AND ELIZABETH TAYLOR. GOD BLESS US, ALL.

May she R.I.P.

If Glendale police spokesman Lorenz is talking merely about where more famous Hollywood people are laid to rest, then he is a little off the mark, because he is forgetting about Hollywood Forever cemetery which has been around for many, many years(though not always by that moniker)and probably has just as many, if not more, of the Hollywood elite, and along with Hollywood Forever, there is also the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, where many of the Hollywood elite also have been laid to rest.


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