Taylor’s first wedding dress up for sale

LONDON — The gown Elizabeth Taylor wore at the first of her eight weddings is for sale. You’ll need at least 30,000 pounds ($47,000) to buy it and a tiny waist to wear it.

Christie’s auction house is offering the seed pearl-encrusted satin dress, compete with waist-cinching built-in corset, designed by costume designer Helen Rose.

Taylor was 18 when she wore the gown to marry hotel heir Conrad “Nicky” Hilton Jr. in May 1950, an event, studio MGM boasted, attended by “more stars than there are in heaven.”

The couple divorced months later and Taylor went on to wed seven more times. She died in 2011, aged 79.

The dress, which will be sold Wednesday, has an estimated price of $47,000 to $78,000.

Langella to play ‘King Lear’ in Brooklyn

NEW YORK — Frank Langella will be taking on one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, King Lear, and letting audiences in two countries see it.

Producers said last week Langella will debut his Lear at Britain’s Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn and then take it to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York early next year.

“King Lear” will be directed by Chichester’s Associate Director Angus Jackson. It will run at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester from Oct. 31-Nov. 30 and then in Brooklyn from Jan. 7-Feb. 9.

Langella has won three Tony Awards, most notably as Richard Nixon in “Frost/Nixon,” a role he later re-created for the 2008 film version, earning an Oscar nomination.

Brand scraps Mideast shows over security

LONDON — British comedian Russell Brand says he has canceled Middle Eastern dates on his forthcoming tour after promoters said they couldn’t guarantee his safety.

Brand had planned to take his “Messiah Complex” tour to Abu Dhabi and Lebanon.

Brand has said the tour focuses on icons including Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus, and examines “the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability.”

But Brand told BBC radio last week that the Mideast venues “contacted us to say we can no longer guarantee your safety.”

Brand said he thought organizers were wary of the sensitive topic.

The tour started June 12 in Chicago and will end in Reykjavik, Iceland, Dec. 9.

Associated Press