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Elizabeth Taylor's service held without disruption from anti-gay protesters [Updated]


Despite fears that anti-gay protesters from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas might disrupt the private ceremony for Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, the service went off without a hitch Thursday afternoon at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.

Her family arrived in five black stretch limousines about 2:10 p.m. Thursday and left within a couple of hours through the wrought-iron gates.

Despite the camera crews lined up outside and the helicopter that hovered overhead, it was a peaceful and quiet event. Even the fans who gathered mostly seemed to be connected to the elementary school letting out nearby.

The speed of the service surprised some -– and without many details publicly available, huge crowds never arrived.

Photos: Elizabeth Taylor: A life in pictures

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

Glendale Police Department officials said 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. No details were given to the media about who attended the service.

Scotland Beavers, 47, left work early after reading posts on Facebook that suggested anti-gay protesters might be picketing. "We need to get there and try to block them," he said.

They had umbrellas ready if protesters showed up, but they never materialized.

Taylor was laid to rest near her good friend Michael Jackson. The cemetery is also the final resting place of movie stars James Stewart and Sammy Davis Jr. Taylor and Jackson are in separate wings of the mausoleum, though she is near him, Glendale Police Department spokesman Tom Lorenz said.

[For the record at 10:50 a.m. Friday: A previous version of this post mistakenly said John Wayne was buried at Forest Lawn; he is buried at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar.]

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


Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79; legendary actress

Elizabeth Taylor, the woman who invented celebrity

-- Nardine Saad and Kelly Corrigan at Forest Lawn

Photo:Limousines leave Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale after the funeral for Elizabeth Taylor. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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Rest in peace Ms. Taylor, along with your dear friend Michael Jackson.
Another legend has passed.

God Bless U and your family!

How is it that we can have political and religious male leaders who commit adultery, impregnate women out of wedlock, divorce wives dying of cancer, molest children, commit acts that are repugnant, and we gossip about this but do little to nothing? Yet, when a female star who was brave, loving, personable,generous, who did more to raise awareness and money in the fight against HIV/AIDS, must, even in her death, be labeled as having committed adultery, stood with faggots, and is cursed in hell. Liz, in her personal life, was not perfect. None of us are. BUT she was loyal, courageous, yes, materialistic to some degree, AND, she put her money where her heart and mouth were. You gay haters, bigots, fanatics, hypocrites, take your envious souls and go practice what you say you believe. Liz,your life was tumultous, you were strong, you were loyal. Rest in peace. You deserve.

Great article but John Wanye is not buried in that cemetery.

Even though she divorced Eddie Fisher many years ago, she still held to the Jewish faith she converted to. Very admirable. In the Jewish faith you have to be buried within 48 hours. I guess the Westboro Baptist Church wasn't expecting that.

Ok? I guess I am clueless, was she gay?. Or was it the Michael Jackson friendship that was the concern about the anti-gay protesters showing up?

@DameElizabeth #ElizabethTaylor Thinking about the day not so long ago when my 4lb Pomeranian stopped Elizabeth Taylor in her tracks in the shoe department at Neimans... Dame Elizabeth had her nurse push her wheelchair across the floor to me and asked me her name. "Violet" I said and bent down so she could really see her properly. As the entire first floor watched in hushed silence she swept Violet in her arms and said "Of course she is called Violet" then winked at me with one of her flashing violet colored eyes.."Her full name is Violet Taylor" I replied with a smile... "Perfect!!" she said in that unforgettable voice as her face lit up... She then looked deeply into Violet's eyes and said, "You are the most beautiful and perfect little girl I have ever seen" One last long hug, a kiss goodbye and she was gone. Even Violet seem to sense that something special had just happened to her and as I carried my little girl out to the car I whispered in her ear "You see, I told you you were timeless little one...." The memory of that encounter stayed with me long after Violet died... RIP Elizabeth Taylor... The last of the Greats. Please give Violet another kiss, from me.

Oops, John Wayne is not buried anywhere near the Forest Lawn Memorial Park- Glendale. Someone didn't check their facts or at least didn't bother to do a google search. John Wayne is buried in Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, CA With a view of the Pacific Ocean that he so loved.
After more than 25 years, the family has just put a marker where he is buried.

What's controversial about the Westboro Baptist Church? I think nearly everyone agrees that most of their beliefs about the causes of misfortune are incorrect, that their methods of protest are callous, and that their means of protest are hurtful.

Two words to Lorenz re: future spokespersoning: Westminster Abbey

Fans had been placing flowers at Taylor's star, near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, since word of her 1:28 a.m. death Wednesday began to spread.

Happy that she beat the protesters to the punch, and to the cemetery. RIP beautiful lady.

John Wayne is buried at Pacific View Memorial Park, not Forest Lawn.

Dear Liz:i I grew up with you.From Lassiecome home,National Velvet we grew
up witnessing in A PLACE IN THE SUN what agreat actress you were.Your
partner ,troubled Monty Clift became another legend.I miss you as a member
of my family.From Chile my deepest sympathy to your family

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

Arlington National Cemetary

Dame Elizabeth Do Rest In The Sweetest Repos
By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2011
Dame Elizabeth do rest in the sweetest repos-
Loving, sweet lady now devoid from all your earthly illnesses those.
Your final goodbye went without any glitch-
It went so fast no media circus could get its hitch.
Everything for your funeral lovingly done all your heirs-
That loved you with all the right reasons that were yours and theirs.
In your final rest place in privacy and dignity as you wished it to be.
Full of beauty and grace that was your legacy.
Dame Elizabeth the world the world is really missing you-
For all you stood for with all that you aspired to do.
So were so very much full of love-
Forever your memory cherishes from earth to heaven above.

I look forward to the big Taylor rememberence at next year's oscars...

John Wayne isn't buried there

GOOD THING those malicious, irreverent, and against-all-things-decent provocateurs from the Westboro Baptist Church didn't show up or it might have been their final resting places too. To violate the sanctity of honoring Elizabeth Taylor in her final hour is an offense punishable by nothing less.

And of course, no one is ever admitted to that mauseleum to pay respects. Cemetery personal guard it like Fort Knox!

Rest, La Liz.

The "protesters" was a non-story.
What they deserved most was to be ignored.
These hate-mongers, even if it's only one or two, manage to get covered by the media. How? People who've been outraged and killed and violated in the Black community can hold picket signs at street corners for months on end and get totally ignored by both the so-called "white" and the African-American press. Makes no sense.

Lassie Come Home; National Velvet; Little Women; Giant; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf; Cleopatra; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Raintree County; Suddenly Last Summer; The Last Time I Saw Paris; Taming of the Shrew … Richard Burton, James Dean, Rock Hudson, Paul Newman, Montgomery Clift … stars who worked with stars in masterpieces. Elizabeth Taylor was and will always remain a SUPERSTAR with a Heart of Gold.


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