They come in all stripes & colors, so I am rather certain that there are Gays that do not care for her, there are unbelievably, Gay Republicans, but for me, I wouldn’t be a proper gay guy having my gay day without mentioning the Birthday to Liza Minnelli.
\I first saw her in The Sterile Cuckoo (Oscar nomination) in 1969 & I was rather astonished by her performance, followed by another in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), & of course there was Cabaret & Liza With A Z (1971), all formidable stuff for a baby gay.
On spring day in 1977, I followed her for several blocks until she went into the Russian Tea Room, where she met Lauren Bacall in the doorway with a kiss. I followed the pair of stars inside & sat at the bar, but I couldn’t bring myself to approach her. I may have seen her at Studio 54 during the same era, who knows, what with the Quaaludes & cocaine; maybe I just thought I saw her with Halston, Bianca & Andy.
There is no denying the talent; Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy, BAFTA, & Golden Globes all sit on her mantle. Through the ups & downs, the drugs & booze, the weight gains & losses, & the marriages, just when she seems a joke, she redeems & reinvents herself with choices like Results, her terrific album with Pet Shop Boys, & her hilarious turn on Arrested Development.
Minnelli’s performing style is so full of “Please, Please, Love Me” that I find it simply rude not to. At 67 years old she keeps on giving & giving & demanding the love.