Saturday, March 16, 2002
New York And a one, and a two, and a three ... and a four.
Strike up the band ï¿½ a 60-piece orchestra, actually ï¿½ for bride-to-be Liza Minnelli, who takes her fourth walk down the aisle today in a wedding to producer David Gest that promises more excess than her first three combined.
The best man ï¿½ Michael Jackson!
The maids of honor ï¿½ Elizabeth Taylor! Marisa Berenson!
The gown ï¿½ custom made by Bob Mackie! The processional ï¿½ sung by Natalie Cole!
Exclamation points abound!
The over-the-top affair features a high-powered, ultra-eclectic guest list reminiscent of Liza's days as a habitue of Studio 54: Oscar-winning actors Anthony Hopkins and Michael Douglas; rockers Elton John and Gene Simmons; TV news stars Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters; actresses Joan Collins and Mia Farrow.
The happy couple were introduced by Jackson last year when Minnelli appeared in Gest's television production of "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special."
While it's the first wedding for the 48-year-old Gest, he hits cleanup in Minnelli's marital batting order. She was wed previously to entertainer Peter Allen (1967-72), producer Jack Haley Jr. (1974-79), and stage manager/sculptor Mark Gero (1979-92).
Minnelli, who turned 56 on Tuesday, will honeymoon in Thailand. Afterward, the daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli will launch a European tour that kicks off with five shows in London.
The wedding was set for Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue, where star-crossed celebrity couple Donald and Ivana Trump were married back in 1977.