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The lines of stretch limousines and crowds of celebrity gawkers at Los Angeles' glassy Westin Bonaventure Hotel last Thursday signaled a Hollywood gala in progress. The collective star power of those in attendance would have done Oscar or Emmy proud. Elizabeth Taylor served as hostess and co- chairperson. Carol Burnett and Sammy Davis Jr. belted out a medley of show tunes. Fast-footed Hinton Battle strutted his stuff from the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, and Rockers Cyndi Lauper and Rod Stewart teamed up to sing a pounding version of Time After Time. The audience was even treated to a message...

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