11 July 2011 3:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Described as the "high-priestess of the music hall" and as the "contemporary incarnation of 'all-purpose' in the American style," Academy Award winner Liza Minnelli was announced as the latest Officer in France's Order of the Legion of Honor at a ceremony held today at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris. Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand declared that Minnelli, "for more than five decades [...] has ensured that the show must go on." A visibly moved Minnelli, for her part, said she was "honored to have become a part of France, a part of Paris." She also recalled that her father, director Vincente Minnelli, had promised her that one day "she would learn to dance, would wear a nice dress, and would go to Paris … This moment is marvelous. It's today!" Additionally, Minnelli thanked French icon Charles Aznavour, whom she reportedly considers her mentor. Liza Minnelli's first film appearance was »

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