Would she or wouldn't she? That was the question last Friday night as 800 guests, all dressed to the teeth, wondered whether Elizabeth Taylor would or would not appear in the ballroom of Universal City's Sheraton Premiere hotel.
The occasion was a graduation party for 18 seniors at Otis/Parsons School of Design--a $150-per-person festivity, which featured dinner, dancing, a lifetime achievement award for costume designer Helen Rose and a showing of clothes designed and made by juniors and seniors at the school.
Taylor was slated to present the Outstanding Achievement Award to Rose, but "sent her regrets on her very own light blue note paper in her very own handwriting," the crowd was told. End of suspense.
First Lady Nancy Reagan, Ann Blyth, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, Lana Turner and Debbie Reynolds also sent congratulatory notes to Rose, who designed for 200 films, won two Academy Awards and made the real-life dress Grace Kelly wore for her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Eva Gabor presented the award--and then, "on with the show."