Elizabeth Taylor downs martinis at Hollywood gay bar

Other News Materials 5 April 2008 03:44 (UTC +04:00)

Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, 76, has been an almost total recluse for several years. ( dpa )

So imagine the surprise of patrons of Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood, when the wheelchair-bound actress joined them for a few drinks at a suicide prevention benefit event Thursday night.

"This just doesn't happen every day," Abbey owner David Cooley told People. "It was not only Elizabeth Taylor, but she was the life of the party."

Reports said that Taylor was decked with jewellery and held court at a back of the bar table for a solid two hours, during which time she sucked apple and watermelon martinis through a straw before progressing to tequila shots.