Brooke Shields was known for being a very close friend of Michael Jackson. Shields spoke at the memorial service for Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Shields stated in that speech that she first met Michael when she was 13 years old, and the two instantly became friends. In her eulogy speech, she shared a number of anecdotes, including an occasion in which she was his date for one of Elizabeth Taylor's weddings, and the pair snuck into the Taylor's room to get the first look at her dress, only to discover Taylor asleep in the bed. Shields gave a tearful speech, referencing to the many times she and Michael Jackson shared. She also mentioned Jackson’s favorite song Smile by Charlie Chaplin which was later sung in the memorial service.