Elizabeth Taylor's funeral catches media by surprise
News crews await Elizabeth Taylor's funeral procession on Thursday in Glendale, California.
March 24th, 2011
07:50 PM ET

Elizabeth Taylor's funeral catches media by surprise

Elizabeth Taylor's funeral on Thursday caught many media outlets by surprise, prompting news helicopters, news vans and crews to scramble  in front of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.

We waited outside the wrought-iron gates under threatening skies in for nearly two hours for the funeral procession of five black limos.

Still photographers with long lenses lined both sides of the street, shutters clicking while camera crews shot the limos as they glided through the entrance.

The procession was small and quick. There was no hearse, and a law enforcement officer later confirmed the family rode in the limos.

These are the same gates where we, members of the media, stood in front of when pop star Michael Jackson was buried. The longtime friends will be entombed in the same building.

The family leaves after saying its final goodbyes, and so do we, before the rain starts.

Gregg Canes is a photojournalist for CNN in Los Angeles.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Sammy Davis jr.

    Eye was there... .

    March 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandy Duncan

    So was eye... .

    March 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter Falk

    Eye could'nt make it.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      Peter , thanks for the laughs , your great

      March 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. drap

    Too bad eye in the sky news helicopter was not there... .

    March 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rodney King

    eye was detained by the L.A.P.D... .

    March 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just Sayin'

    Eye carumba! Rest in Peace Liz you will not be forgotten.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. susan the monkey

    eye don't know who died, and eye don't know that eye should care. eye don't think this was anyone important.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mmmmm

    Aye! that was funny! LOL!

    March 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuns Reef

    @ Drap you are a eyehole! and you owe me a new surfboard!

    March 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. astrology is magical

    eye think the alignment of the stars fortold this happening.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kalys

    So, those whack jobs who protest at funerals missed it?? Yea!!!

    RIP Elizabeth!!

    March 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. astrology is g ay

    The stars saw the doggie style star lining up with uranus

    March 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tracy

    Ha! Ha! For once the media was not allowed to exploit a wonderful human being's funeral. You had the last laugh after all Elizabeth. Rest with the angels.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sluggo

    To the nuts who announced that they would protest Liz's funeral: DON'T YOU FEEL LIKE THE BIGGEST F@@KIN FOOLS...but obviously that should be how you feel at all times anyway.

    March 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LL

    Elizabeth, You were a wonderful human being. Thank You for gracing the silver screen and all of our lives.

    March 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
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