Elizabeth Taylor classy at any age


Two months away from her 78th birthday, Elizabeth Taylor is still one classy dame.

After attending "Love" at The Mirage on Friday night, Taylor was in a wheelchair on her way to a waiting limo when she made a detour. Wearing black mink and the iconic 33.19-carat Krupp diamond ring Richard Burton gave her, Liz made a point of stopping at Stack restaurant to cancel an 11 p.m. dinner reservation.

Taylor's assistant wheeled the screen diva to Stack's podium and apologized, saying Taylor was tired.

"To do that in this day and age means she was born with manners and grace," said Beth Bartolini, public relations director for The Light Group, which owns Stack.

Taylor, who saw "Le Reve" at Wynn Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, had heads spinning as she was guided through the casino on the way to the valet area and a trip back to the Wynn.

She celebrated her 75th birthday at the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas with a VIP gathering that included Steve and Elaine Wynn, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn. Draped in white mink that night, Tayor said, "I love Vegas. It's such a fun and happy place."

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Former American League MVP Jason Giambi, who lives in the Las Vegas area, is an investor in Vanity, the new Hard Rock Hotel tower's club, according to the Denver Post. Giambi, whom the Colorado Rockies are hoping to re-sign as a pinch hitter, turns 39 on Friday, which would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday.

SIGHTINGS

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, at UFC 108 on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena. ... Sean "Diddy" Combs, joining will.I.am of the Black Eyed Peas in the DJ booth at Pure (Caesars Palace) at 3:30 a.m. Saturday. In the booth during Will.I.am's two-hour set was band mate apl.de.ap and Peas manager Polo Molina, best known for his scuffle with Perez Hilton. Also at Pure was tough-guy actor Danny Trejo. ... Motorsports star and X Games legend Travis Pastrana, fresh from a world record car jump of 269 feet in Long Beach, celebrated at XS on Friday. He was joined by Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. ... Kirsten Dunst, at "Love" (Mirage) with her boyfriend on Friday and later dancing at Rain (Palms). Dunst, leading lady of the "Spider-Man" franchise, had lunch at Simon at Palms Place on New Year's Day. She reportedly will be replaced after the next "Spider-Man" installment by Anne Hathaway. Also at "Love," actor Ryan Gosling. ... At "O" (Bellagio): Leona Lewis and Lou "The Hulk" Ferrigno in separate parties. Lewis had lunch Friday at Planet Dailies (Planet Hollywood Resort). ... Horn, dining Friday night at The Charcoal Room steakhouse at Santa Fe Station. ... Music star Ne-Yo, leading the New Year's Eve countdown party at XS nightclub (Encore). ... Rapper 50 Cent, counting down to midnight at Pure with Floyd Mayweather Jr. ... At Tao (Venetian) on Friday: Whibley, rapper Nelly, model Devon Aoki and E! film critic Ben Lyons. ... TapouT fighters Kenny Florian and Keith Jardine, hosting Friday night at Lavo (Palazzo). Also spotted: funnyman David Spade. ... Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, checking out The Fercos Brothers Untamed Illusions at Planet Hollywood on Friday. The brothers, Tony and Ferdinand, were named "Best Magicians with Exotic Animals" by the International Magicians Society.

THE PUNCH LINE

"I actually don't understand a word Paula's saying anymore. It's like a new language." -- Simon Cowell on Paula Abdul

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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