Elizabeth Taylor Is 15 Minutes Late to Her Own Funeral

Elizabeth Taylor Walk of Fame 2011
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A fan places a photo beside flowers on Elizabeth Taylor's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on March 23, 2011.  Legendary Hollywood actress and violet-eyed beauty Elizabeth Taylor, who captured hearts in "National Velvet" to launch a film career that spanned five decades, died Wednesday aged 79. Taylor had been in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital for six weeks with congestive heart failure, a condition with which she had struggled for some years and had recently suffered complications, a family statement said. "She was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton," it said, noting that Taylor, who married eight times, was survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The actress had left instructions before her death that the service was to begin 15 minutes later than scheduled.

Even in death, Elizabeth Taylor wanted to make a big impression.

The actress, who was laid to rest Thursday in a private funeral at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale outside L.A., had made specific requirements about the service before she died Wednesday at age 79.

"The service was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. but at Miss Taylor’s request started late," her rep told Access Hollywood. "Miss Taylor had left instructions that it was to begin at least 15 minutes later than publicly scheduled, with the announcement, ‘She even wanted to be late for her own funeral.’”

Glendale police spokesman Tom Lorenz told reporters Taylor was being interred in the Great Mausoleum.

Taylor's longtime friend Michael Jackson as well as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Walt Disneyalso are buried at Forest Lawn.

A public service is expected to be held at a later date.

On Friday, Broadway will dim its lights in honor of Taylor.