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Ron Galella

ONE OF RON GALELLA’S candid portraits of Liza Minnelli, taken in 1968 at the premiere of A Dandy in Aspic, shows Judy’s little girl in an amazing white suit, black shirt, and white silk tie, a daisy brooch on her swank lapel, no longer The Sterile Cuckoo, but ready for all the cabaret, life, has to offer. It only seems strange that dandy, pixie Liza-pre Halston, pre-disco, pre-encephalitis, pre-everything else, an awkward inheritance worked into almost iconicity—should ever have been able to deal in the real: i.e., to pull off something that might allow her, for a moment, to be just Liza. Bluntly, because she understood who she was, who she wanted to be, and where she came from, Liza (at least in 1968) knew that PR isn’t stardom. Cf. her recent much publicized comeback as Mrs. Gest. As can be observed in the “official” on-location still (by Brian Aris) of the groom, bride, best man,

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