Thursday, March 24, 2011

ELIZABETH TAYLOR BURIED ON THURSDAY


The always beautiful Elizabeth Taylor was buried today at the legendary Forest Lawn Cemetary according to Jewish tradition.  The Hollywood legend converted to Judaism before her 1959 wedding to Eddie Fisher.  Jewish customs call for burials within 48 hours of death.

Limousines carrying family members of late British actress Elizabeth Taylor arrive for her memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., March 24, 2011. - Limousines carrying family members of late British actress Elizabeth Taylor arrive for her memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., March 24, 2011. | MARIO ANZUONI / REUTERS
Taylor and her family were transported to her final resting place in five black stretch limousines.  No procession was held.


As per her final wishes, the actress was 15 minutes late to her own funeral.

So now we can all say we have heard of someone who was late to their own funeral!

The actress died on Wednesday of congestive heart failure while surrounded by her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.

Married eight times to seven husbands, she married Richard Burton twice, she also broke up the marriage of her friends Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and subsequently, married Fisher.

Reynolds and Taylor rekindled their friendship years later.

One of the last of  Hollywood's Golden Age, Taylor starred in such films as as "Butterfield 8," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Cleopatra," won three Academy Awards, including a special one for her humanitarian work.  She was an early supporter of AIDS research and talked about the disease when no one else in the country would.

During her life Taylor underwent approximately twenty surgeries and almost died from pneumonia in 1990. she had both hip joints replaced in the mid-90's, and in 1997, underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. In 1983, she admitted to a 35-year addiction to sleeping pills and pain killers, and was treated for alcohol and drug abuse at the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Taylor's survivors include daughters Maria Burton-Carson and Liza Todd-Tivey, sons Christopher and Michael Wilding, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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