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Elaine Lancaster's party is anything but a drag

BY MADELEINE MARR, mmarr@MiamiHerald.com

elaine Leave it to Elaine Lancaster to celebrate her birthday in grand style at The Forge, then jet off to the Hamptons the next morning for the Labor Day holiday.

''Don't worry about me. I am going to have a grand old time, honey,'' said Lancaster, already a little hoarse, even though the evening had just begun. ''You only turn 33 once!'' Actually her alter ego, James Davis turned . . oh, sorry, a lady never tells her age.

As always, South Florida's favorite drag queen looked ravishing in an Oscar-worthy, off-the-shoulder black gown and apple-sized rhinestone earrings.

Guests like Lea and Roy Black noshed on salmon and tippled colorful 'tinis on tables festooned with pink balloons.

''She's a star,'' said the famed attorney, who defended William Kennedy Smith and Rush Limbaugh.

''She's my closest female/male friend,'' added Lea. ``I just hope he doesn't leave me for her!''

''I believe in getting the real equipment,'' Roy volleyed back.

Rush Hour director Brett Ratner showed up to share the love. ''Elaine is the sexiest girl I know,'' he said. ``She's incredible, charitable and gorgeous. I may have to put her in one of my movies.''

''She's like my daughter, my sister, my mascot,'' contributed Forge owner Shareef Malnik. ``And with Elaine, anything can happen.''

Especially when you have friends like Dennis Rodman (pictured with Elaine), who pulled a late night drop-by. Dressed in a purple suit accessorized by black beads, a silky pink scarf and Ed Hardy cap, Rodman and Elaine compared wardrobe notes.

Other guests included Michael Stone, brother of Sharon Stone; plastic surgeon Dr. Julio Gallo; and former Miami Beach City commissioner Michael Gongora.

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