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Elizabeth Taylor buried in small, private ceremony

GLENDALE, Calif. — Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral started late – just the way the screen legend wanted it. Her family held a brief private service Thursday at a Southern California cemetery famous for being the final resting place of Hollywood celebrities, including her good friend Michael Jackson. But the funeral began 15 minutes after its announced start time in observance of the actress’ parting wish.

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