Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral Delayed 15 Minutes at Her Request

"She even wanted to be late for her own funeral," a family rep says

Photo: Jon Carrasco

She was a Hollywood original to the end.

Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., in a small, private funeral attended by friends and family that began 15 minutes after schedule – under instructions she left.

“She even wanted to be late for her own funeral,” a family rep said in a statement.

Taylor’s casket was closed and draped with gardenias, violets, and lily of the valley. She was interred in The Great Mausoleum, the same resting place for her longtime friend Michael Jackson.

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The one-hour, multi-denominational service officiated by Rabbi Jerry Cutler included a reading by actor Colin Farrell, a friend of Taylor’s, of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo.”

Taylor’s son Michael Wilding, her daughter Liza and her grandson Tarquin Wilding also read selections, and her grandson Rhys Tivey performed a trumpet solo of “Amazing Grace.”

The acting legend died Wednesday at the age of 79.

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Taylor is survived by four children and 10 grandchildren.

A public service in her honor is expected to he held at a later date.

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