Elizabeth Taylor turned 70 in grand style on Feb. 25, two days before her actual birthday. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and her husband, Bob Daly, the former cochief of Warner Bros., threw a dinner party at their L.A. home for 56 of Taylor's friends. Escorted by Michael Jackson, Taylor came draped in diamonds, including a new diamond watch that Jackson had given her. Sager and Daly surprised the star with her favorite foods: a caviar appetizer followed by a choice of fried chicken with macaroni and cheese (cooked by Wolfgang Puck), a fish entree or an In-N-Out burger from the fast food chain's mobile kitchen, parked outside. Guests including Shirley MacLaine, Neil Simon, Lionel Richie and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds left with a faux-diamond-and-platinum pendant with an oversize "70" dangling from it. "Elizabeth is the original hip-hopper," says Sager. "She's forever young."
Annette Bening has also added some sparkle to her jewelry collection. To mark their 10th wedding anniversary on March 3, Warren Beatty bought her a 19th-century flower-petal choker pendant from Neil Lane in L.A. The four petals, made of red garnets and surrounded by diamonds, represent their four children (Kathlyn, 10, Ben, 7, Isabel, 5, and Ella, 1), while the diamond in the center represents Bening.
Renée Zellweger kept things lively on and off the set of Chicago, the feature film based on the Broadway musical that is wrapping in Toronto. When production began in December, the Oscar nominee threw a holiday bash at her rented home for the entire cast and crew, more than 100 people, including costars Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. She had another party the first weekend in March to mark the end of production. During the late-night shoots, Zellweger became a one-woman Starbucks: She bought a cappuccino machine and dispensed the frothy concoction to anyone who asked.
When Jon Bon Jovi showed up on the L.A. set of Ally McBeal to begin filming nine episodes, Ally costar Peter MacNicol told the rocker how much he loved his duet with Frank Sinatra. Bon Jovi informed him that he had never sung with Sinatra, but MacNicol insisted. "I've got the CD in my car," he said. A quick investigation yielded the 1993 album Duets, on which Sinatra croons "I've Got You Under My Skin"—with Bono. Just to rub it in, Bon Jovi signed "Love, Bono" on his new CD, Crush, for MacNicol.