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Sir Elton John paid tribute to Dame Elizabeth Taylor at a private memorial yesterday (16.10.11).

Close friends and family of the Hollywood legend - who died of congestive heart failure in March aged 79 - gathered at the Steven J. Ross Theatre on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California, for a 70-minute service, which was hosted by her friend Colin Farrell.

Speaking to the assembled guests - which included Sir Michael Caine, the actress' children Michael and Christopher Wilding, Liza Tivey and Maria Burton, and stepdaughter Kate Burton - Elton said: "To say that the world got smaller, emptier, darker and lonelier when we lost Elizabeth is an understatement. She was a true rock, a pioneer, a pathfinder, a trailblazer and a star who will always burn bright and always had time to laugh at herself." 

The musician closed the ceremony with a rendition of 'Blue Eyes', while her grandson Rhys Tivey also gave a musical tribute, playing 'Amazing Grace' on trumpet.

A guest told People.com: "People were mesmerised how her talent and grace lived on in Rhys."

Several guests spoke at the service, praising her acting talent, beauty, and work as an HIV/AIDS campaigner, with a montage of her lobbying in the early 1980s played on screen.

Elton said: "Many of us remember all too well, those early days of the AIDS epidemic in the early to mid-1980s. It brought out the worst - hysteria, bigotry, callous indifference. But it also allowed an angel and warrior, like Elizabeth, to rise up and show us how to respond instead with compassion, reason, and humanity." 

Elizabeth's family were moved that so many people had turned out to pay their respects to her.

Her son Michael said afterwards: "My mother was an extraordinary woman whose life touched so many, most of whom we will never know. 

"Our whole family is extremely proud of her accomplishments, and know what a unique and special experience it was to have her in our lives. Today, it was especially meaningful for us to be with so many good friends to celebrate her spirit, which will be with us forever."


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dear, elton, I too watched t.v. movies I liked her. Hope you're feeling good as you look, wow you are losing so much weight!getting that skinny! thatas great! I'm happy for you, I am trying to collect rent on a couch He threw out,in Zhoda, I'm in Wpg. isn't that great William will bring my bike to my Ty's,garage, for few days, nothing going on, I too am trying to lose weight, I stepped into the UOMB,I met Bob Hull, Dave Hawerchuk, shook hands, even got an autograph, NHL in Winnipeg makes a friendly different I'm fine, another day, I'lld mom all the way, got my house back, winter is coming, I'm wait for kids, sleep on a couch, nothing going on, an black elsalvador is out o fprison in headingly for murder, he's free, so he's the sick, I'm nothing wrong with me, how the hell can anyone judge a perfect mom? sure can't be anything wrong with me, I'm wiating for a ride, take care, you are doing good dieting, me too, some more to take weight lose off, but be careful, take care, hope to see your concert , love elson, I'm under the weather with a cold only, mom ,kids, home, in zhoda,
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hi, elton dear, elton, how are you? you look nice, I know the weather is changing, I'll get to family soon,I went to a funeral today for an Stuartburn farmer in Wpg. I'm going to keep on dieting, being alone, volunteering my expertise work ethics.take care, hope everything is ok. I'm fine. I'm in my farm sundown, soon. take care, people tryt o be nice,
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