Colin Farrell pays emotional tribute at Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Colin Farrell paid an emotional tribute to his “close friend” Elizabeth Taylor at her funeral in Los Angeles.
The Oscar-winning actress (79) was laid to rest after a small private funeral service attended by family and her closest friends, with the Irish actor delivering a heartfelt rendition of the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem The Leaden Echo And The Golden Echo.
Farrell was the only celebrity to speak at the service. Other poetry readings were delivered by family members, Taylor's son Michael Wilding and daughter Liza Burton Tivey. Her grandson Rhys Tivey performed Amazing Grace on a trumpet.
Dublin heartthrob Farrell had a long-standing close relationship with the Hollywood idol and in her last interview earlier this month she named Farrell as one of the leading men she would most like to work with.
“I love Johnny Depp and I love Colin Farrell, both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range,” she told Harper's Bazaar.
Farrell's moving tribute included the lines: “Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty's self and beauty's giver.
“See; not a hair is, not an eyelash, not the least lash lost; every hair is, hair of the head, numbered.”
The one-hour service took place at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, outside Los Angeles — the same place where another of her close friends, singer Michael Jackson, was buried in 2009.
Five black stretch limousines transported Taylor's family to and from the funeral, but no procession was held. The service began 15 minutes after its announced start time in observance of Taylor's parting wish that her funeral start late, her publicist Sally Morrison said.
Taylor had also requested that someone announce “she even wanted to be late for her own funeral”, Ms Morrison said.
Taylor died of congestive heart failure while surrounded by her four children at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, where she had been for six weeks.
Taylor, who was 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.
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Revealed: Elizabeth Taylor's unlikely relationship... with Colin Farrell
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 11:06 PM on 30th March 2011
At 34 years old he is considered a modern day Lothario who has been linked to Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Naomi Campbell over the years and is currently rumoured to be dating Rihanna.
But while Colin Farrell has been linked to woman of all ages there will be one relationship that will no doubt shock fans.
Colin has recently opened up about his close friendship with Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away a week ago.
Unlikely relationship: Colin Farrell has revealed that he had a close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor
The pair became so close in fact that Colin was one of the few outsiders who joined her family at the private funeral last week.
Colin told Access Hollywood: ‘I was just lucky enough to become her friend in the last year and a half . I adore her…still.’
The Phone Booth actor revealed how the pair had met and said: ‘How did we become friends?
'You know, the old story of boy meets girl, and boy pesters girl with too many phone calls at inappropriate hours of the night.’
Intimate: The Irish actor was one of the few friends invited to Taylor's funeral last week and even read a poem chosen by the actress
Elizabeth, who passed away at the age of 79, had hand-picked the poem for Colin to say at her funeral.
Speaking about the poem The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo by Gerard Manley Hopkins he said: ‘Elizabeth chose it. It was a tricky poem as well. Even in passing she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks.’
(Older) ladies' man: Dame Eileen Atkins revealed in 2005 that Colin had attempted to seduce her
Elizabeth was interred at the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, California, the same place Michael Jackson, her close friend, was laid to rest in 2009.
In the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar Elizabeth spoke about Colin in an interview conducted by Kim Kardashian.
Elizabeth told the reality TV star earlier this year: ‘I love Johnny Depp, and I love Colin Farrell – both brilliant, nuanced actors with great range.’
And the National Velvet star isn't the only older woman - or Dame - who Colin has held a torch for.
In 2005 Dame Eileen Atkins revealed how the Irish actor had spent over two hours attempting to seduce her.
During an appearance on Loose Women, the actress said: 'I was doing a movie and three weeks before my 70th birthday, a simply stunningly gorgeous big film star aged 28 years old, came into my hotel room for sex without strings.
The Gosford Park star, now 76, didn't give away the name at the time, and says she refused his advances, but added: 'It was pure bliss and it made me sail through my 70th birthday without a care in the world.'
Her agent later confirmed that Dame Atkins was referring to Farrell and an incident that occurred while filming Ask The Dusk.
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