Minnelli's wedding guests face frisking

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The Independent US

Some of Hollywood's biggest stars face the indignity of being searched before being allowed inside the church where Liza Minnelli is to be married.

Ms Minnelli, 56, will walk down the aisle for a fourth time on Saturday when she marries David Gest, 48, who produced Michael Jackson's comeback show in New York in September.

The guest list for the "showbiz wedding of the year" is suitably star-studded and after the ceremony, the reception will feature performances from the Doobie Brothers, the Pointer Sisters and Gloria Gaynor.

Pictures from the wedding are being sold to an American magazine and Ms Minnelli's publicist, Warren Crowles, warned yesterday that everyone invited to the wedding is liable to be searched. "Guests will not be allowed cameras or video cameras inside the church and will enter through metal detectors," he told the New York Post. "There will be a full unit security team on site."

Ms Minnelli will be given away by Michael Jackson, who will also be Mr Gest's best man, while her matron of honour will be Elizabeth Taylor, no stranger to weddings herself.

Her bridesmaids will include Martine McCutcheon, once of EastEnders, the singer Chaka Khan, actress Mia Farrow and socialite Nabila Khashoggi.

Sitting in the pews of the Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan will be Elton John, Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liam Neeson and wife Natasha Richardson and property tycoon Donald Trump. Also attending are Hollywood stars of the past Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale and Debra Paget.

As Jackson escorts Ms Minnelli down the aisle, Whitney Houston will sing "The Greatest Love of All". In the aisles, Donny Osmond will rub shoulders with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, before the guests will party the night away in Wall Street's St Regis Hotel.