Guest List Solidifies; Liz Taylor Won't Attend
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2009 7:41 PM CDT
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is expected to be among the celebrities attending Michael Jackson's memorial service tomorrow at the Staples Center in LA.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – The star-studded guest list for the Michael Jackson memorial service tomorrow in Los Angeles doesn't include Elizabeth Taylor, but the legendary actress is sure her dear friend would understand, People reports. "I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others," the 77-year-old tweets. "How I feel is between us."

Ex-wife Debbie Rowe will also sit out, believing "her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction," her lawyer tells Us. Expect to see performances by the surviving Jackson brothers, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, and Mariah Carey, who had a huge hit with her cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," but not by guests Whitney Houston and Smokey Robinson, Entertainment Tonight reports.