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Our star-studded party for Madiba

2009-07-16 15:59

Just because you're 92, you don't have to stop partying like a rock star! So in honour of Madiba's big day, we're having a party for him and a few other celebrities who also celebrate their birthday on 18 July.

Due to the recession, however, this is a party for the people, by the people. Here's how it's going to go down:

Steve Forbes (1947) will take care of the budget. As the CEO of Forbes Inc and a former politician, Steve knows about money and convincing people to give theirs to him. He's also editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, so he'll do the invites, too.

Sir Richard Branson (1950) will be the DJ. This uber-entrepeneur started his first record store when he was only 22! He's gone on to be one of the richest men in the world with his Virgin brand selling everything from cellphones to gym memberships. Hopefully he'll go old-school at the party and play some of those LPs he used to sell out of his boot.

What's a party without some pretty girls? Richard would never stand for that! Bollywood starlet Priyanka Chopra (1980) and actress Kristen Bell (1980) will up the entertainment and aesthetic value of the party. It's all in the details…

With all these A-Listers, a bouncer is of the utmost importance. Vin Diesel (1967) and his muscles will make sure no one gatecrashes his party. And don't mess with him – he's fast 'n furious.

And how will our guests arrive? In style, of course. Leave it to actor and real-life pilot James Brolin (1940) to take care of the transport. Don't worry; he had a lot of practice while filming Pensacola: Wings of Gold.

Like any real party, not everyone can make it. Crazy blues singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins (1929 - 2000) would have celebrated his 81st birthday with Madiba. But we wouldn't want him to put a spell on Mandela, so perhaps this is for the best. The infamous Hunter S. Thompson (1937 - 2005), who penned Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, would have been 73 this year. As a fellow author, I'm sure Madiba would have enjoyed some of his ramblings.

Okay, I'll bring the cake. Rich, hit the music and let's get down!

In honour of Nelson Mandela's 92nd, we're having a little cyberspace get-together for him and a few other celebrities who share his birthday. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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