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Colin Farrell in a scene from Phonebooth. / Elizabeth Taylor appears in a wheelchair before undergoing heart surgery in 2009. - Provided courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox / KABC

Colin Farrell says he misses Elizabeth Taylor, his friend

03/30/2011 by Corinne Heller

Colin Farrell says he misses his friend Elizabeth Taylor, a week after he recited a poem of her choice at her funeral.

The Hollywood film legend died at age 79 on Wednesday, March 23, and was laid to rest a day later at a private memorial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery near Los Angeles.

"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," Farrell told the television show "Access Hollywood." "I was just lucky enough to become her friend in the last year and a half. I adore her ... still."

The 34-year-old Irish actor recited Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem, "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo" at Taylor's funeral, which was attended by some 40 family members and close friends and officiated by a rabbi.

"Elizabeth chose it," Farrell told Access Hollywood. "It was a tricky poem as well. Even in passing, she had me under the thumb, sweating bricks. I just miss her."

Taylor, who has in recent years used a wheelchair when appearing in public, was known to the world over the years for her beauty and talent, her AIDS activism and philanthropic work, as well as her many marriages. Among her most notable films are "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Forest Lawn Cemetery is also the final resting place of Taylor's friend, singer Michael Jackson, as well as stars Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Walt Disney and Nat King Cole.

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