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10 items from 2005

Britannia Awards honor Cruise, Taylor

11 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tom Cruise, Elizabeth Taylor, Mike Newell and Ronald Neame were feted Thursday night by BAFTA/LA at the organization's 2005 Cunard Britannia Awards. Held at the Beverly Hilton, the evening was filled with class and charm, and featured memorable moments such as funny turns by presenter Shirley MacLaine and Taylor and a hilarious Cruise imitation by Anthony Hopkins. The evening's ceremonies began with Jon Voight presenting the Cunard Britannia Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Film to the 94-year-old Neame, who walked out to a standing ovation. Neame ruminated on old age, saying the secret to a long life was a "large vodka at lunchtime, and two very large Scotches in the evening ... sometimes three very large Scotches." »

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Taylor Dedicates Her Life to AIDS Charities

8 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor made a rare public appearance to open an AIDS research center at the University Of California in Los Angeles Sunday, despite being wheelchair-bound. The 73-year-old has dedicated her life to AIDS charities since turning her back on her acting career in 1994, and Taylor is convinced she has found her true calling now she is away from "artificial" Hollywood. Taylor helped establish the American Foundation For AIDS Research in 1985 and set up the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991. The two charities have raised a combined $243 million. She says, "Acting to me is now artificial. Seeing people suffer is real. It couldn't be more real. Some people don't like to look at it in the face because it's painful. But if nobody does, then nothing gets done." »

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BAFTA/LA to fete Taylor, Cruise, Newell

21 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Elizabeth Taylor will be honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles with the Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in International Entertainment at the 2005 Britannia Awards. Taylor will be recognized along with Tom Cruise, who is receiving the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and director Mike Newell, who will be given the John Schlesinger Britannia Award For Artistic Excellence in Directing at the 2005 Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, November 10, 2005. »

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Elizabeth Taylor Will Not Attend Cannes Film Festival

13 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dame Elizabeth Taylor has cancelled her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, prompting fears about her health. The acting legend usually attends an annual charity dinner organized by the American Foundation For AIDS Research (AMFAR), which always coincides with the South of France festival. However, Taylor - who pulled out last year due to health problems - has been replaced by Sharon Stone and Liza Minnelli at the glitzy gala on Thursday. And sources say frail Taylor made her decision not to attend months ago: "Dame Elizabeth Taylor was never supposed to come this year. She will just be there by thoughts." Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, film director Roman Polanski, and movie producer Harvey Weinstein are among the celebrity guests confirmed to attend the dinner. »

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Warhol's 'Liz' Sells for $12.6 Million

12 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Andy Warhol's famous portrait of Dame Elizabeth Taylor was sold for over $12.6 million at a high-profile contemporary art auction on Tuesday night. The work of art - entitled 'Liz' - proved to be the most popular lot at the Sotheby's sale in New York, but it was eventually won by wealthy London- based jeweler Laurence Graff. The auction took in a staggering $68 million in total. »

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Ailing Taylor Rubbishes Health Fears

20 April 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor has blasted reports she's unable to leave her home due to ailing health - insisting she feels better than ever. Friends of the Cleopatra actress, 73, are fearful for the health of the veteran star, who is reportedly suffering from debilitating Parkinson's disease and scoliosis. But her publicist Sally Morrison counters, "She's not bedridden. She's jumping around like a two-year-old. She's stronger and better than she's been in a long time. She was at Sir Elton John's Oscar party not long ago and walked along the whole press line. She's in robust health and feeling good. Liz has been attending lots of business meetings for her jewelry line launch. She's very cheerful." »

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Taylor's Representative Slams "Death" Reports

18 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Silver screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor has hit out at rumors she is close to death. Recent reports claimed the 72-year-old Cleopatra legend is close to dying, following a long-term battle with illness. But Taylor's representative insists she is not only "in good shape", she is extending her House Of Taylor fragrance line to incorporate a new range of jewelry. Her rep Sally Morrison says, "Oh, again? She's in good shape. We're doing a photo shoot with her next week. She might travel for her birthday, on the 17th. Quite lively for a corpse, don't you think?" »

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Jury Selection Delayed As Jackson Battles Flu

16 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jury selection in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial has been postponed for a week as the star battles influenza. Judge Rodney Melville told jurors yesterday morning that the 46-year-old Bad singer had fallen ill and that jury selection would be postponed until February 22. The initial announcement came 15 minutes after Jackson was supposed to appear in court at 8:30am. The singer was on his way to the courthouse when he became ill and was taken to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. The star's illness comes just a day after his lawyer told prospective jurors that witnesses in Jackson's defense could include Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder, comedian Jay Leno, pop siblings Aaron Carter and Nick Carter, basketball star Kobe Bryant, illusionist David Blaine and actor Chris Tucker. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a 13-year-old former cancer patient. »

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Jackson Children To Testify at Molestation Trial

15 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Michael Jackson plans to call up two of his own kids as defense witnesses in his upcoming child molestation trial. The Thriller star surprised the court in Santa Maria, California, when the names of his eldest son, Prince Michael, eight, and daughter, Paris, six, were read out on a list of possible witnesses yesterday. Jackson usually goes to great lengths to keep all three of his children - he also has a two-year-old son called Prince Michael II - out of the limelight. Other potential defense witnesses include Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Elizabeth Taylor. However, Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his two elder children, Debbie Rowe, is set to testify against the singer. Meanwhile, Judge Rodney Melville promised Jackson he will receive a fair trial. Melville told the court, "I am not bought and paid for. I have not made up my mind in this case and I want to select a jury that feels the same way." Jackson has pleaded not guilty to plying a boy, then 13, with alcohol, molesting him and conspiring to hold his family captive. He is free on $3 million bail but must attend the court hearings daily. »

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Judge Dismisses Taylor's Painting Lawsuit

9 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Dame Elizabeth Taylor, by a German family attempting to claim ownership of the actress' Vincent Van Gogh painting. The Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf actress bought Gogh's "View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy" for $257,600 at London auction house Sotheby's in 1963. In October the descendants of Holocaust victim Margarete Mauthner filed suit against the movie legend in a Los Angeles court, claiming the Nazis seized Mauthner's painting after she fled Germany to South Africa in 1939. The South African and Canadian descendants of Mauthner claimed in the lawsuit, "Ms. Taylor was negligent and careless when she bought the painting. Our complaint charges that she ignored numerous conspicuous 'red flags' in 1963 that the painting had likely been confiscated from a victim of Nazi persecution." Last week US District Court Judge Gary Klausner said California state law only allows individuals to sue for up to three years after their property is taken. The painting's currently resides in Taylor's Los Angeles mansion. »

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