HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Elizabeth Taylor, decked out in diamonds
and fur, arrived fashionably late to her 75th birthday party.
The Hollywood icon was in a wheelchair when she came down the
red carpet Tuesday at a Las Vegas-area resort. She was escorted by
her 52-year-old son, Christopher Wilding, who shares the same
Some guests had been at her party more than two hours when
Taylor arrived, smiling and batting her trademark violet eyes as
photographers sang "Happy Birthday." Aides said her plane was
delayed arriving from the Los Angeles area.
When asked about the secret to her longevity, she quipped:
Some 75 people were expected for a Mardi Gras-themed dinner of
jambalaya, prime rib, collard greens, sweet potatoes and cake.
Guests including Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie
Fisher; magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn; and model
Kathy Ireland turned out for the private party at the Medici Cafe
and Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas.
Among Taylor's closest friends are pop star Michael Jackson,
whose spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday in a news release that he is
now living in Las Vegas.
Taylor said she spoke with Jackson earlier in the day but didn't
expect him to attend her party. Besides Christopher, her children
Michael Wilding, 54; Elizabeth "Liza" Todd, 49; and Maria Burton,
45 were at the fete.
The Academy Award-winning actress, who uses a wheelchair because
of back problems, has dismissed tabloid reports that she was being
treated for early Alzheimer's disease or was gravely ill.
Taylor has won two Oscars for best actress and starred in more
than 55 films, including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Butterfield
8," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Cleopatra."
She has been named by the American Film Institute as among the
greatest female movie stars of all time.