Gloria Estefan was not content to just release a new album. She threw a huge Miami Beach party Friday and invited thousands of her friends.
"I have been working really hard. I really needed a party. This is it," the double Grammy winner said. "This is my place to celebrate. I'm out there for the fans. That's what it's about."
Estefan threw the party in honor of the release of gloria! _ her 19th album since she started with Miami Sound Machine in 1975.
She decided on the big party because, she said, "It's the last record of the millenium."
It was along trendy Lincoln Road on South Beach, the playground for those who want to see and be seen.
Estefan, 40, is primarily known for her Cuban-inspired tunes, including Conga, which she recorded with Miami Sound Machine. Her music merges American pop with a Latin flavor.
She has sung at the Vatican and the White House and sold 75-million records.
She lives with her husband, Emilio, and children Nayib and Emily on Star Island in Miami.
An unsettling portrait of Brynn and Phil Hartman's life together emerges in a People magazine piece that asks, "What went wrong?"
Hartman was shot and killed by his wife in late May, and Brynn Hartman later shot herself, according to police.
Friends of the couple say they were emotional opposites: She, insecure and volatile, and he, prone to shutting down his emotions and withdrawing.
Hartman's second wife, Lisa Strain, says, "He would disappear emotionally. Phil's body would be there, but he'd be in his own world. That passivity made you crazy."
BOOTS BOOST FOOD BANK: Country music star John Berry of Athens, Ga., auctions his boots during a concert Friday at the Wildhorse Saloon in Lake Buena Vista. Berry raised $1,000 during his two shows and donated the money to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orlando.