Elton John turned 50 in his own unique style, belatedly marking his March 25 birthday with a costume extravaganza in London. With partner David Furnish (top right) by his side, the singer sported an 18th-century outfit, a 3½-foot silver wig and an ostrich-feather train long enough to require attendants. Among the 600 guests helping John enter his sixth decade were military types Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones (far left) and Billy Joel; soccer-styled Andrew Lloyd-Webber (right) and his wife, Madeleine; and maid-to-order fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier (far right).
A Both sides of Joni Mitchell’s life came together when the singer-songwriter reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years ago, Kilauren Gibb, at Mitchell’s L.A. home. Mitchell, who was a 20-year-old art student in Canada when she became pregnant with her only child, also met her grandson Marlin, 4. “Kilauren said I get to watch him grow up now,” Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times. Added Gibb, a former model who obviously inherited her mother’s cheekbones: “There’s a definite umbilical cord that was never cut.”
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi kept the faith as he laid his hands on costar Demi Moore and child on the set of the short film Destination Anywhere in New York City. The 30-minute film, which also features Bon Jovi’s Moonlight and Valentino costar Whoopi Goldberg, includes several songs off his second solo album, also titled Destination Anywhere, due in June. “I wanted to try something unique,” Bon Jovi told the Daily News of Los Angeles. He’ll continue this acting direction when he starts shooting Long Time, Nothing New with Ed Burns and Lauren Holly.
Proving he’s a saint offscreen as well, Val Kilmer made his mother, Gladys Leach, his leading lady for the L.A. premiere of his new thriller The Saint, which raised more than $210,000 for the antidrug and anti-violence group D.A.R.E. America International.
Showing there’s a way even without a Will—for the moment, at least—actress Jada Pinkett was a yellow-gowned yeller at the 10th Anniversary Essence Awards in New York City. Will Smith’s steady partnered with New York Undercover’s Malik Yoba to present an award to AIDS activist Marilyn Chamberlain.
Golden-armed Goldie Hawn—known more for her curves than her curveball—threw the opening pitch for the Pacific Palisades Baseball Association’s 43rd season in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Hawn and longtime catch Kurt Russell whooped it up for their son Wyatt, 10, who plays in the kids’ league.