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On the scene: Barbra Streisand receives Film Society of Lincoln Center's Charlie Chaplin Award

Barbra Streisand is very bad at lip-synching and doesn’t like mornings. She’s very good at throwing dogs’ birthday parties and, when she needs a little push to portray the sensation of yearning, she imagines chocolate cake. These are the things I now know to be true.

If one can ever imagine sitting around Barbra’s Streisand’s home — perhaps in a nook of her underground mall, sharing stories about the legendary diva with her old pals and learning Babs’ “She’s just like us!” quirks — that was the vibe of last night’s Film Society of Lincoln Center gala, where Streisand received the 40th annual Charlie Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. The multihyphenate, EGOT-ing artist and humanitarian was joined by a collection of her old friends — and, though many of them first met her professionally, they genuinely have become friends, some for decades. In addition to video tributes by¬†Robert Redford and Omar Sharif, Streisand was treated to speeches and performances on stage by the likes of Bill Clinton, Liza Minnelli, Kris Kristofferson, Wynton Marsalis, George Segal, Amy Irving, Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Oscar-winning composer Alan Bergman, and Ben Stiller. Below, the highlights of the night. READ FULL STORY

'Liza & Alan': Wasn't It Swell?

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During Alan Cumming’s Tony-winning turn as the Emcee in Cabaret on Broadway, Liza Minnelli (who, obviously, won an Oscar for playing Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse’s 1972 film) went to see him backstage. She was so in awe of his brilliant performance that she said, “Alan, I want to be your friend forever.” In an era of celebrity air kisses that make no physical or emotional contact, that could have been the equivalent to, “Nice to meet you.” But if one thing was clear during last night’s wonderfully fun (and, sure, flawed… not that anyone cared)¬†Liza & Alan at New York City’s Town Hall (a one-night performance that sold out so quickly a second night was added), Liza meant what she said. READ FULL STORY

Liza Minnelli stops the show at John Kander gala

There was a moment on Sunday night at the Dramatist Guild Fund‘s 50th Anniversary Gala that I won’t soon forget.

Somewhere between the second and third course of dinner at the swanky Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York, I was escorted over to a table at the center of the ballroom, where I found myself privately engaged with Liza Minnelli and guest of honor John Kander — both true definitions of the word ‘legend.’ As I knelt down, Liza took my hand and asked if I knew John Kander. I couldn’t speak; I just nodded. They both waited patiently for me to eke out a question to ask — I’m the journalist, after all, interrupting their dinner to get my story — and finally I asked (though I don’t remember it),”Liza, fill in the blank. My life was changed by John Kander because…”

As Kander exclaimed “Oh God, that’s not fair!” Liza looked at me and immediately answered, without any ironic facial expression or syllable of self-importance: “He invented me.” Then she took Kander’s hand in hers and told me the story of how they met, of how she heard a girl singing a song and inquired about its authorship, how she asked to meet the then-unknown Kander and his writing partner Fred Ebb and how she found herself walking in on the very day they were working on Flora the Red Menace, the musical that would turn Kander and Ebb into household names and Liza Minnelli into a superstar. “Remember that?” Liza asked, and Kander silently nodded. “I knocked on the door, they opened the door, and I was home,” said Liza. “I never left.” READ FULL STORY

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