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

March 24, 2011 |  3:21 pm


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