Saturday, April 20, 2024

Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Plans First Ever Studded Gala, with Possible Elton John Performance and Bill Clinton on Host Committee


Elizabeth Taylor must be smiling in heaven! She started the whole raising-money-for AIDS research thing. Now her family has announced its first ever Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation gala in Los Angeles. The date is April 30th. The place is the backlot at 20th Century Fox, where she made “Cleopatra” and so many other movies.

The Host Committee includes Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu, President Bill Clinton, Colin Farrell, Aileen Getty, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Kathy Ireland, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Sharon Stone, and Whoopi Goldberg.

And guess who doesn’t have a tour show that night? Sir Elton, of course. My guess is he will perform. He has to. And I’m sure there will be other stars singing their hearts out.

By the way, the benefit committee includes Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, which is a sweet touch. The other names are Angela Bassett, Dame Joan Collins, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, Sherry Lansing and Billy Friedkin, Jean-Paul Gauthier, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, Christian Lacroix, George Hamilton, Iman, Isabelle Huppert, Zac Posen, Lionel Richie, Darren Star, Carole Bayer Sager and Vanessa Williams.

Sponsors are Bulgari, and Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need.

How do you get tickets? I guess, beg. Or email the foundation.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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