Minnelli to marry for 4th time with all-star wedding party

— And a one, and a two, and a three ... and a four.

Strike up the band � a 60-piece orchestra, actually � 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.


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Actress and singer Liza Minnelli and fiance David Gest plan to marry today in New York. Michael Jackson will serve as the best man.

The best man � Michael Jackson!

The maids of honor � Elizabeth Taylor! Marisa Berenson!

The gown � custom made by Bob Mackie! The processional � 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.


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