LE­GEND FAREWELLED

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

The fam­ily of screen le­gend El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor has farewelled the Hol­ly­wood icon at a pri­vate fu­neral

EL­IZ­A­BETH Tay­lor’s fam­ily has mourned the screen le­gend in a brief pri­vate fu­neral ser­vice at a Cal­i­for­nia ceme­tery fa­mous for be­ing the fi­nal rest­ing place of Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties, in­clud­ing her good friend Michael Jack­son.

In­side the sprawl­ing For­est Lawn Ceme­tery on Thurs­day, bar­ri­cades blocked ac­cess to the fu­neral, where about four dozen fam­ily mem­bers mourned the ac­tress for about an hour be­fore the cer­e­mony ended, said Glen­dale po­lice spokesman Tom Lorenz.

Tay­lor died early on Wed­nes­day of con­ges­tive heart fail­ure while sur­rounded by her four chil­dren at Los An­ge­les ’ Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­tre, where she had been hos­pi­talised for about six weeks.

Tay­lor, who was in­fa­mously mar­ried eight times to seven hus­bands, con­verted to Ju­daism be­fore her 1959 wed­ding to Ed­die Fisher. Jewish cus­toms call for a burial within 48 hours of death.

Tay­lor, the star of such films 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 ar­dent and early sup­porter of AIDS re­search.

‘‘ I ad­mired El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor enor­mously and feel heart­sick los­ing her, es­pe­cially with all of her char­i­ta­ble works,’’ said Ann Berry, a fan and char­ac­ter ac­tress who vis­ited the ceme­tery with a friend to pay their re­spects to the star.

Sev­eral tele­vi­sion news crews doc­u­mented the ser­vice from across the street while news he­li­copters swirled over­head and stu­dents got out of class at the nearby Cer­ri­tos El­e­men­tary School.

Tay­lor un­der­went at least 20 ma­jor op­er­a­tions dur­ing her life and nearly died from a bout with pneu­mo­nia in 1990. In 1994 and 1995, she had both hip joints re­placed, and in Fe­bru­ary 1997, she un­der­went surgery to re­move a be­nign brain tu­mour. In 1983, she ac­knowl­edged a 35-year ad­dic­tion to sleep­ing pills and pain killers, and was treated for al­co­hol and drug abuse at the Betty Ford Clinic in Cal­i­for­nia.

Tay­lor’s pub­li­cist said any de­tails of a me­mo­rial ser­vice would likely be an­nounced at a later date.

ICON: El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor in

Cleopa­tra

in 1963

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