Details On Elizabeth Taylor’s Private Funeral, Including ‘Top Of The Line’ Casket

Written by Michael Lambarde on Mar. 26, 2011

After Elizabeth Taylor sadly died this past Wednesday morning in the hospital along with her family, Taylor was laid to rest one day later (due to Jewish customs) on March 24th during a private Jewish ceremony in California at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. But Taylor, who was known as a trailblazer in her career, not only for her film career, but for her humanitarian efforts, was reportedly buried in a “top of the line traditional Jewish casket” that cost $11,000.

TMZ reported that the casket was about as comfortable as one would want to be after passing away. The casket was made of solid mahogany wood, lined in red velvet with a matching pillow. She even requested before she passed away to be “late to her own funeral” by 15 minutes. The funeral is the same place where Michael Jackson was buried.

Liz Taylor’s casket was covered in gardenias, violets and a lily of the valley. Rabbi Jerry Cutler was the conductor of the service at the request of Elizabeth’s family and actor Colin Farrell performed a reading of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem ‘The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo’. Elizabeth’s four children and her ten grandchildren were all in attendance. The funeral was only for her personal friends and family. However, a more public funeral will be taking place within the next “few weeks”.