Gay Icon Liza Minnelli was awarded by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand with France’s highest artistic recognition, the medal of Officer of the Legion of Honor in Paris, Monday July 11, 2011.
The Associated Press reports:
France has paid tribute to storied songstress Liza Minnelli, making the “Cabaret” star an officer in the country’s Legion of Honor.
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand pinned the red-ribboned medal on Minnelli’s lapel in an emotional ceremony in a gilded hall Monday.
Minnelli called the distinction “a dream come true” and said she was “honored to be a part of France, a part of Paris.”
A visibly moved Minnelli told spectators at the ceremony: “Thank you for watching me, thank you for caring about me.”
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