Sunday, October 9, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, a Longtime, True Friend of Michael Jackson (Part 3 of 3)

In the last two installments I discussed some of the good times and the bad times in what was the long endearing friendship between Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. Their friendship seemed to remain strong no matter what was thrown at it. But there was one point where Taylor was reported as fearing that maybe she had lost her Michael. It was after he was found not guilty of the Child Molestation charges in 2005'. The trial and all the scrutiny in the press had taken its toll on Michael and he had become a shell of his former self, distancing himself from those who loved him. He left the country and moved around first to Bahrain, Ireland, and Spain and to other places throughout the world.

Still Taylor was reported as saying that although she understood why he left the United States that she never lost hope that one day Michael would return. She told Larry King on CNN that she understood why he left and that she still was in communication with him.  Her wish was later granted in 2006' when he did come back to the U.S.  There is not much written about their relationship when he did come back to the U.S., although I would like to think when he came back to the states that he continued his contact with her, especially, when Taylor stated after Michael's death that she had been planning to go to the opening night performance in London for his "This Is It" concert. Taylor was reported as being excited over the prospect because the Michael she talked to over the phone was once again her long time friend who was as funny and animated as ever and not the broken man who had left the court room some four years before. In fact, Taylor has stated in interviews that she was happily packing to go to London when she heard the earth shattering news that Michael was dead. Obviously shaken over his death and not in the best of health herself Taylor had a hard time coming to terms with Michael's untimely death. It was reported that the family wanted her to appear at his memorial service at the Staples Center and to speak about their relationship, but Taylor just couldn't bring herself to do so. She would later post on twitter this regarding the Staples Center memorial.

"I've been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word," she was quoted as saying. "I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others. How I feel is between us. Not a public event."

Taylor did attend Michael's funeral a few months later and sat near the family. Michael was of course interred in the Great Mausoleum at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. I have to wonder just what part Taylor played in the decision to put him there. Why, because it was debated for months where Michael should actually be put to rest. Some members of the family wanted Neverland Ranch, whereas others were totally against it believing that Michael wouldn't want that, (I honestly don't know if this is actually true). As they debated over this, Michael remained in a freezer in the morgue, and I have to wonder if Taylor intervened and suggested Forrest Lawn to Katherine Jackson. The reason I wonder this, is because after her death in 2010' where was Elizabeth Taylor put to rest? That's right the Grand Mausoleum at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. It's possible that somewhere down the line, maybe Taylor had talk to Michael about the fact that she wanted to be interred there. After all, she wasn't in the best of health so I could actually see them having such a conversation, although at the time I doubt that Taylor believed she would out live Michael. Perhaps Michael voiced interest in the place, it sounded like something he would do being the film buff that he was, especially with such stars as WC Fields and Clark Gable being put to rest there.
In any case, whatever ultimately happened Michael ended up at Forrest Lawn, as did his beloved Elizabeth. Two close and devoted friends in life now once again together in death. Obviously not even death had been able to sever their bond of a lasting, true, and loving friendship.
Rest in Peace Michael and Elizabeth, you are both deeply missed.