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Liza Minnelli! Flashback and Fast Forward.

With Liza Minnelli headed back to Atlantic City in 2012, here is a portrait of the artist written by the late Atlantic City Weekly contributor Sandy Posnak.

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NOTE: This article was published in 2007 and written by the late Atlantic City Weekly contributor Sandy Posnak.

Liza Minnelli returns to Atlantic City on March 24, 2012 (Click here for information)

 

Atlantic City audiences are looking forward with great anticipation to Liza Minnelli's Saturday night concert at Trump Taj Mahal. It's been a long time since the award-winning legend graced an Atlantic City stage -- much too long. "Liza with a Z" is a vocalist, and star of stage and screen, with a trophy show case that deservingly runneth over.

Minnelli was only 19 years old when she received a Tony Award for her title role in the 1965 musical Flora, the Red Menace. Ironically, she wasn't immediately chosen for the lead role in the show. "I wanted to do Flora so badly that I just kept auditioning," she once said. "I just kept going back until they couldn't get rid of me, and finally I got it."

She subsequently received a special Tony Award for her stage show Liza, and copped yet another Tony for her performance in The Act. The essentially one-woman musical was penned especially for Liza by her longtime friends, John Kander and Fred Ebb. She's one of few stars to wear the enviable triple crown of show business, meaning that she has received the aforementioned Tonys, an Emmy for her TV special, Liza with a Z, and an Academy Award as Best Actress for her compelling role as Sally Bowles in the movie Cabaret. Many other stage, screen and Broadway parts brought her kudos and additional honors during her iconic career.

When Liza starred in a previous casino concert, she told us that she was first exposed to the magic of Broadway in 1959 when she visited the Great White Way with her mother, legendary vocalist Judy Garland.

"It was just the two of us ... all we did was go to see Broadway shows." The first show that they saw was Gypsy, with Ethel Merman. "When Ethel Merman came barreling down that aisle, my life changed," she said. "Up until that second I wanted to be an ice skater."

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