Amid a flurry of Y2K-inspired rumors of an engagement to Michael Jackson, amfAR's founding chair, Elizabeth Taylor, was awarded the honorary title of Dame by her royal namesake in Britain. The New Year's Eve decree from Buckingham Palace—announced as a La Liz showed up raven-haired and ravishing at a White House millennium shindig—cited the multiple Oscar maven's contributions to acting up about AIDS and to the acting profession. In that queenly order.