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400 attend private memorial service for Taylor

- Associated Press - Monday, October 17, 2011

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Colin Farrell, Michael Caine and Elton John joined family and friends of Elizabeth Taylor at a private memorial service for the Oscar-winning star.

Michael Wilding, Taylor's son, told the 400 people gathered Sunday in a theater at the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank that it was especially meaningful to have so many friends on hand to celebrate his mother's spirit.

Taylor, the Academy Award-winning star of "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was 79 when she died on March 23 of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles.

Spokeswoman Sally Morrison said Mr. Farrell hosted the service, which featured memories of the violet-eyed beauty.

"Woolf" director Mike Nichols put together a touching video message, grandson Rhys Tivey played "Amazing Grace" on the trumpet, and Mr. John performed "Blue Eyes."

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