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March 26, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Colin Farrell's publicist confirmed the Irish actor read a poem at film icon Elizabeth Taylor's funeral.

The hourlong private ceremony was held Thursday at The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif.

Taylor, a two-time Oscar winner, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. She was 79.

Farrell's representative said the "In Bruges" and "Miami Vice" star was a friend of Taylor's who read Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo" aloud before she was laid to rest, E! News reported.

The multidenominational memorial service began 15 minutes later than scheduled because Taylor wanted to be late for her own funeral, E! News said.


OPRAH WINFREY: Harpo Productions says the final edition of the U.S. chat series "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air in May.

Winfrey announced in 2009 that the show's 2010-11 season, its 25th, would be its last. She recently established her own cable television network and is wrapping up her show to concentrate on it.

The Hollywood Reporter said her production company confirmed Friday the "Oprah" finale will be May 25.

Winfrey previously told the entertainment industry trade newspaper the Harpo team, including President Sheri Salata, would be planning the last two episodes of her show.

"I'm allowing for Sheri and the team to plan two days of full surprises," Winfrey said. "I've given up control for the last two days. It's a lot to relinquish. I had to pray on that ... and get a guarantee from Sheri there would be no strippers or dancing people coming out of shells."


LINDSAY LOHAN: Lindsay Lohan's mother says the U.S. actress is dropping her last name and will be known only as Lindsay, PopEater.com reported.

"Lindsay is dropping the Lohan and just going by Lindsay," Dina Lohan told the celebrity Web site. "Plus, me and [younger daughter] Ali will be officially changing our last names back to my maiden name, Sullivan."

The PopEater.com report did not say if the Lohans have legally filed for the name changes.

Lindsay, who has been battling addictions to drugs and alcohol for years, is awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace. She is on probation for a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction.

The 24-year-old actress is best known for her work in "Freaky Friday," "The Parent Trap" and "Mean Girls."


BRITNEY SPEARS: U.S. pop star Britney Spears has been booked to perform Tuesday on "Good Morning America" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC said.

Spears is expected to sing on an outdoor stage on the late-night talk show.

The performances are to coincide with the release of her seventh studio album, "Femme Fatale," due out the same day, the network said Friday.

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