La Toya Jackson says her brother Michael looked “absolutely fabulous” when he was laid to rest last week.
On Friday night’s “20/20,” Jackson told Barbara Walters that he was dressed in white pearl beads and a big gold belt, “like a belt that you win being a boxer. His hair was done beautifully, his makeup was done beautifully.”
A pair of sunglasses and a white glove were among items placed in the casket with him.
He “wasn’t God, but he was certainly God-like,” she says. “He was the closest thing to a god that I knew.”
Another of Michael’s sisters, Janet Jackson, will open Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards with a tribute to him.
No palace for the King
A global Michael Jackson tribute in front of an Austrian palace on Sept. 26 has been scrapped and moved to London, organizers announced Friday.
They said they needed more time to put together a show fit for the King of Pop. The new event is planned for next June.
More Boyle fever?
Susan Boyle, the Scottish sensation of “Britain’s Got Talent,” will make her U.S. TV debut on the season finale of “America’s Got Talent,” a source close to the series said Friday.
The two-part finale airs Monday and Wednesday.
Sparrow’s return flight
Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Capt. Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Depp sailed onstage Friday on a pirate ship at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The birthday bunch
Actor Ian Holm is 78. Country singer George Jones is 78. Actress Linda Gray is 69. Singer Maria Muldaur is 66. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 58. Actress Rachel Ward is 52. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 47. Singer Ben Folds is 43. Actor Paul Walker is 36. Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 35. Actor Ben McKenzie is 31. Singer Ruben Studdard is 31. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 28.
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