Just two days after her big birthday bash, Elizabeth Taylor has checked into a hospital in preparation for surgery Thursday to remove a benign brain tumor.

Taylor will undergo tests Tuesday and remain in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center until after her surgery, her spokeswoman said. The procedure was originally scheduled for Monday but was pushed back to Thursday because the actress has the flu.

On Sunday, Hollywood's glitterati--including recent parents Michael Jackson and Madonna--feted Taylor, as the legendary actress celebrated her 65th birthday a few days early.

Despite suffering from the flu, Taylor appeared in good spirits, smiling broadly from her seat during the festivities.

She was escorted into Los Angeles' Pantages Theater by Jackson--who named Taylor the godmother of his new son. Later in the evening he serenaded his longtime pal with a specially written song titled "Elizabeth." "I love you, you're more than just a star to me," he warbled.

An unscheduled Madonna surprised everyone by climbing on stage to gush over Taylor. Reading from her own notes--none were prepared in time for the TelePrompTer--Madonna said she always wanted to be like Liz on screen, but "the work (for her AIDS Foundation) that she has done for the last 12 years has made her a true star." The proceeds from Sunday's gala raised more than $1 million for Taylor's charity.

Among the celebs that sang Liz's praises Sunday: Shirley MacLaine, Cher, Roseanne, Patti LaBelle, Dennis Hopper, David Copperfield, Carol Burnett, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, Lily Tomlin, Roddy McDowall, Steven Seagal, Salma Hayek, Claudia Schiffer, Harry Connick Jr. and Arsenio Hall. Whoopi Goldberg, John Travolta and Rosie O'Donnell sent their birthday greetings via videotape.

Her pals presented video montages honoring Liz's career from National Velvet on, including jokes about her seven husbands and love of jewelry.

The party will be broadcast February 24 on ABC--three days before Taylor's actual 65th.

And all day Sunday, one of the world's most famous intersections--Hollywood and Vine--became Elizabeth Taylor Way in honor of the two-time, Academy Award-winning actress.

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