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Hollywood Remembers Elizabeth Taylor at Private Memorial

Taylor’s friends and family gather to celebrate the screen legend at an exclusive (and private) memorial service

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: October 17th, 2011 in Culture » Society » News

Hollywood Remembers Elizabeth Taylor at Private Memorial

On Sunday, hundreds of Elizabeth Taylor’s friends and family came together to celebrate the actresses’ life at a private memorial on a Hollywood movie studio lot.

The memorial was hosted by Colin Farrell, and was attended by over 400 guests including Elton John, Michael Caine, and Taylor’s children and step-children.

"My mother was an extraordinary woman whose life touched so many, most of whom we will never know," Taylor's son Michael Wilding said at the service.

"Our whole family is extremely proud of her accomplishments, and know what a unique and special experience it was to have her in our lives," said Wilding, Taylor's son with actor Michael Wilding,

"Today it was especially meaningful for us to be with so many good friends to celebrate her spirit, which will be with us forever," he added.

Rhys Tivey, son of Taylor’s daughter Liza, performed one of his grandmother’s favourite songs ‘Amazing Grace” on trumpet.

The many speakers recalled Taylor’s expansive career, incredible sense of humour, legendary beauty, unique talent, and her involvement with AIDS advocacy. Mike Nichols, who directed the actress in two Oscar-winning performances, appeared in a video tribute.

"She put human faces on issues. With her soft voice coming from that tiny frame, she held forth the giant purpose of the true meaning of love; that we are all equally valuable," Sharon Stone said of her dead friend.

Elizabeth Taylor passed away in March of this year of congestive heart failure. She was buried the following day as part of a traditional Jewish funeral service.

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