Helicopters hovered and security was tight as Elizabeth Taylor's family gathered to pay their respects to the Hollywood legend this afternoon.

Five black limousines were seen driving into Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale for the private 2 p.m. service. Taylor is being interred within the Great Mausoleum, which is also the final resting place for Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Taylor's close friend, Michael Jackson. She attended the King of Pop's funeral there in September 2009.

The service lasted for about an hour and there was no funeral procession (or unwelcome interruptions).

Taylor, who died early Wednesday morning, converted to Judaism when she married Eddie Fisher, her fourth husband, and tradition calls for the deceased to be laid to rest within 48 hours of death. Her publicist has said that plans for a more expansive memorial service will likely be announced at a later date.

Her survivors include her daughter with Richard Burton, Maria Burton-Carson; her daughter with Michael Todd, Liza Todd-Tivey; her two sons with Michael Wilding, Christopher and Michael; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tomorrow, Broadway marquees will go dark for one minute at 8 p.m. in honor of the Tony nominee and two-time Oscar winner.

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