Sir Elton John helped raise more than $5 million for charity at a New York fundraiser with pal Elizabeth Hurley on Monday (30Apr12).
The Rocket Man was the star performer at the annual Hot Pink Party in aid of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (Bcrf).
Hurley, who attended the Big Apple ball with her fiance Shane Warne, stepped onstage to surprise Sir Elton with a bouquet of pink flowers after his set.
And the actress later took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to late Estee Lauder boss Evelyn Lauder, who founded the Bcrf.
She tweeted, “In NY for the big Breast Cancer Research Foundation fundraiser tonight. Will very much miss my friend Evelyn. Massive thanks to everyone there tonight. Elton played so beautifully and we raised over 5 million dollars.”
Elizabeth Hurley is headed to TV after all. Two months after NBC canned the Wonder Woman pilot in which Hurley starred opposite Adrienne Palicki, the British star has landed a temporary role on the hit CW show Gossip Girl.
Executive producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran have confirmed Hurley will star as media mogul Diana Payne on several episodes of the upcoming fifth season. They describe Payne as “a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with.”
“Diana’s entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters — including, and especially, Gossip Girl herself,” Savage and Safran said. “Elizabeth’s sense of humor, intelligence and beauty fit the GG world perfectly. We feel very fortunate to have her.”
Hurley, 38, most recently made headlines for her divorce from Indian businessman Arun Nayar. The divorce was finalized last month in a London court. Hurley is currently dating Australian cricket player Shane Warne.
Glee hunk Matthew Morrison introduced his new girlfriend to a star-studded crowd last week (ends24Jun11) by showing her off at Sir Elton John‘s annual White Tie and Tiara Ball.
The TV star has been linked to a series of beauties, including British model/actress Kelly Brook, but he only had eyes for one woman at the Rocket Man’s lavish fundraising party last Thursday (23Jun11) when he took along his new love, model Renee Puente.
A source tells JustJared.com, “They looked really cute together. Matt held Renee’s hand during the event and in the car as they were leaving.”
And the party was an impressive one to take the lucky lady to – George Michael provided the entertainment for the likes of British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley and funnyman David Walliams.