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11 items from 2007

Howard To Front African-American 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

12 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Crash star Terrence Howard is to head up an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in March. The actor will perform alongside thespian Phylicia Rashad in the play, which will be directed by former Fame actress Debbie Allen. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which made it to the big screen and starred Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, has been revived on Broadway four times before, but this production marks the first African-American production approved by Williams' estate for the Broadway stage. The show will also feature Dreamgirls star Anika Noni Rose and James Earl Jones, who recently starred opposite Taylor in a one-night-only benefit performance of Love Letters in Los Angeles. »

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Wayne and Taylor Enter California Hall of Fame

7 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood icons John Wayne and Dame Elizabeth Taylor were inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Wednesday in celebration of their ties to the U.S. state. The Hall of Fame was launched by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver in 2006 in collaboration with The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts to honor individuals who have made their mark on history. Baseball players Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays were also inducted into the Hall of Fame this week. But some of California's most famed inhabitants, like Marilyn Monroe, have yet to be presented with the accolade. Defending the list of inductees, Schwarzenegger says, "It is very, very hard because we have so many great talents in California." The event at The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento lured all of the living inductees to attend except Taylor, 75, who failed to show up at the last minute. Many of those honored on Wednesday spent only part of their lives in the Golden State, such as London-born Taylor and the late Robinson, the first African-American player in Major League Baseball, who hailed from Georgia. Californian natives inducted this year included author John Steinbeck; Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, golf superstar Tiger Woods and photographer Ansel Adams. »

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Taylor Allowed To Keep Van Gogh Painting

31 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed actress Elizabeth Taylor to keep a Vincent Van Gogh painting after dismissing an appeal filed by descendants of previous owner Margarete Mauthner. The legendary Hollywood actress was sued in 2004 by the South African and Canadian heirs after they claimed Mauthner, a Jewish woman, was forced to sell the painting before escaping Nazi Germany in 1939. The heirs cited the 1998 Holocaust Victims Redress Act - a U.S. law that requires art sold or forfeited as a result of Nazi policies to be given back to its original owners. Taylor, 75, submitted evidence that the painting was sold through two Jewish art dealers to a Jewish art collector. Taylor's father purchased the painting in 1963 at a Sotheby's auction in London for $184,000. The painting, View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy, is now estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. »

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Burton Was Desperate for Taylor Reconciliation

11 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Richard Burton was desperate for a third reconciliation with Dame Elizabeth Taylor, but the veteran actress refused to give the romance another chance. Burton enjoyed a 10-year marriage to the Cleopatra star before divorcing in 1974. The couple reunited in 1975 and wed once more, but the second union lasted just one year. However, BBC reporter John Simpson - who met Burton on the set of Exorcist II: The Heretic shortly after his 1976 divorce - claims the late actor even tried to give up drinking in a bid to win back the Hollywood legend. According to Simpson, Burton said: "If (Taylor)'d have me back, I'd leave this s**tty film and this ghastly heat right now and charter a plane to go wherever she was. But it's the old thing: can't live with her, can't live without her. But I adore Elizabeth, and I always will." Burton went on to marry twice more before his death in 1984, aged 58. »

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Taylor Is Not Planning Ninth Wedding, Claims Pal

1 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Two time Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor is not planning to marry her companion Jason Winters, according to a close pal of the star. Media reports in the U.S. have been speculating as to when Taylor, age 75, will be announcing plans to wed 47-year-old Winters - in what would be her ninth marriage. But Martin Delaney, a friend of the couple and the founder of a San Francisco Aids charity, has dismissed the reports as "silly stuff." He says, "I don't know how a marriage between them could take place. That's not the kind of relationship they've got. I find it all pretty amusing. Elizabeth is friends with Jason and his long-term friend, Erik Sterling... I know Elizabeth is very close to Jason, but the idea of them marrying is silly stuff." Taylor was last married to construction worker Larry Fortensky in 1991, but the relationship ended in divorce in 1996. »

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Taylor: "I'm In Love"

14 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie icon Elizabeth Taylor has found love with the man who introduced her to Hawaii. The veteran actress, 75, has ended months of speculation about her relationship with African-American businessman Jason Winters, admitting he's the new love in her life. Eight-times married Taylor tells New York gossip columnist Liz Smith, "Jason Winters is one of the most wonderful men I've ever known and that's why I love him. He bought us the most beautiful house in Hawaii and we visit it as often as possible." Taylor, who famously swam with sharks off Hawaii last year, tells Smith she plans to return to her new Hawaiian adopted home next week with Winters. The businessman, who met Taylor while promoting her jewelry line, will also accompany the actress to the Passport's AIDS event in Los Angeles on September 27. »

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Stone Helps Raise $7 Million for AIDS Research

25 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star Sharon Stone raised $7 million for AIDS research at a star-studded party at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night. Stars at the fundraiser for charity amFar, The Foundation For Aids Research, included Matt Damon, Naomi Campbell, producer Harvey Weinstein and Ivana Trump. Items auctioned off included a photograph of Sophie Marceau taken by photographer Mario Testino which raised $300,000, a week aboard a luxury yacht, and a tennis lesson with sportswoman Monica Seles. Stone told the 700 attendees, "You have no idea of the good that you've done, or the difference that you've made." Australian pop star Kylie Minogue performed "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" and 1988 hit "Locomotion" at the event. Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor - who organized the event - was unable to attend due to health problems. »

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Von Teese brings act to amfAR benefit

23 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese will perform at the annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS fundraiser, set for May 23 at Le Moulin de Mougins during the Festival de Cannes.

Harvey Weinstein and Sharon Stone again will host a live auction at the celebrity-filled event. Last year, their auctioning skills brought in half of the $4 million the event raised.

They also will serve as chairs of the event along with MAC AIDS Fund chairman John Demsey, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Carine Roitfeld, Sophie Marceau, Mario Testino, Vincent Roberti, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and amfAR's board chairman Kenneth Cole.

Elizabeth Taylor, amfAR's founding international chairman, and Mathilde Krim, founding chairman, will serve as honorary chairs for the event, sponsored by Bold Films, the MAC AIDS Fund and the Weinstein Co.

Chopard, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Warner Home Video will co-sponsor the evening.

The event will be art directed by French Vogue editor-in-chief Roitfeld and will include mural-size photographs by Testino. »

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Taylor Slams Australian TV Show

13 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dame Elizabeth Taylor is furious with the producers of an Australian TV news show for questioning the authenticity of a magazine profile on the veteran star. Presenters on Australia's Media Watch questioned the Vogue article after discovering 15 of Taylor's 19 answers had already been published word-for-word elsewhere in print or on television. Taylor was outraged when she heard about the show and sent a scathing voicemail message to producers. The quotes in Vogue were attributed to Taylor and supplied to the magazine by Christine Bookallil, the Sydney publicist for the film legend's jewelry company, House of Taylor. Executive producer Tim Palmer told the Sydney Daily Telegraph after exchanging emails with Bookallil's lawyer, they were shocked to receive a call from Taylor herself. The 75-year-old was reportedly furious about the apparent attack on Bookallil and Vogue's integrity saying, "We know each other very well. Any quotes she may have come up with are things I have said before... She certainly wasn't making it up. I respect her and adore her. She's a good woman and whoever's after her should be put down. I don't mean like a dog, but that's not a bad idea." »

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Taylor Reveals First Husband Hilton Was a "Cruel" Drunk

31 January 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie icon Elizabeth Taylor has exposed her first husband, Conrad Hilton Jr., as a "cruel" drunk in a new magazine interview. The actress was a teenager when she exchanged vows with the hotel heir in 1950 and was so smitten with the handsome socialite she studied Catholicism to be his wife. But she admits she never took the union seriously enough and divorced Hilton, who is the uncle of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton's father, nine months later - after discovering he had a drinking problem. Revealing all in a candid new expose with Interview editor Ingrid Sischy, the actress recalls, "When I got a divorce... I never told the court why, but he was cruel. When he drank it all came out, and I hadn't seen that before because he was on the wagon the eight months we were engaged. I didn't have a clue. But I thought, 'This isn't why God put me on earth.'" Taylor, who wed another seven times, had an inkling her first marriage wouldn't work out as she stood before the archbishop on her big day. She adds, "When I had to swear in front of the archbishop to be a good wife and all that stuff, I had my fingers crossed behind my back because I didn't know if I could be a good wife." »

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Taylor Backs Clinton Campaign

29 January 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor has announced she is donating $2,300 to New York Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign to become the Democrat candidate for next year's US presidential election. The actress confesses she admires Clinton's vast experience and outspoken nature, and is backing her over political rival Senator Barack Obama. In a statement, Taylor says, "I have contributed to Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign because she has a mind of her own and a very strong one at that. I like the way she thinks. She is very savvy and a smart leader with years of experience in government, diplomacy and politics." Taylor's donation is the legal limit candidates can receive from any one source. Last year, Robert De Niro, Tony Bennett and Paul Newman also expressed support for Clinton when they publicly backed her for Senate re-election. »

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