Date: 8th July 2001

Tom Cruise's Controversial Birthday Bash

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1996) star TOM CRUISE refused to let his 39th birthday pass without a party - even if wife NICOLE KIDMAN had urged their mutual friends to stay away from the bash.

Kidman, who is currently in Australia with the couple's children ISABELLA and CONOR, had reportedly asked many of her close friends to remain loyal to her and boycott Friday night's party (06JUL01) held at Los Angeles's swanky BUFFALO CLUB.

But the actor, who turned 39 earlier this week (03JUL01), made sure some of his newer friends including Penélope CRUZ - his co- star in his latest movie VANILLA SKY (2001) - showed up to celebrate the occasion in style.

And while Cruz's arrival started tongues wagging - as tabloids had previously accused the Latin beauty of splitting up Cruise's marriage to Kidman - it was Renée ZELLWEGER's appearance just half an hour after ex-love JIM CARREY showed up, which really caused a stir.

Fans who had lined the street as Carrey arrived on his Harley Davidson motorbike, let out a gasp and one well wisher warned Zellweger, "Jim's inside!"

Refusing to react, the actress, dressed in casual jeans and a pretty patterned top, looked defiant as she confidently pushed through the crowds, but an hour later seemed a little more stressed.

One onlooker said, "They've not been seen together at all since they split just before Christmas (DEC00). Renee dashed into a waiting limo when she left the party and looked kind of shell shocked and emotional. "She wanted to be there because she and Tom have been so close since JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) but I think she got more than she bargained for. "

Other guests included American television star JENNA ELFMAN, PEARL HARBOR (2001) actor CUBA GOODING JR., ROB LOWE, BEN STILLER and EMILIO ESTEVEZ. (SVD/WN/PDD)

Source: WENN



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