Veteran entertainer Liza Minnelli fought back tears on Monday (11Jul11) as she was honoured with France’s top cultural award.
The Oscar-winning Cabaret star was presented with the Legion d’honneur at a special ceremony in Paris and she struggled to maintain her composure as Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand pinned the medal to her jacket.
Tearing up, Minnelli admitted she was overwhelmed by the recognition and was “honoured to be a part of France, a part of Paris”.
Addressing spectators at the event, she said, “Thank you for watching me, thank you for caring about me.” Minnelli will perform at Paris’ fabled Olympia music venue on Monday night.
Liza Minnelli has ruled out ever walking down the aisle again – because she’s convinced she isn’t “meant to be married”.
The veteran performer is a four-time divorcee but admits she has stopped looking for a fifth husband – because, at the age of 64, she is finally beginning to enjoy being single.
And the Cabaret star reveals she now wants to date a number of different men, instead of settling down with just one partner.
She tells Britain’s OK! magazine, “I’ve learned that I’m never getting married again. There’s no good reason for it… So I intend to have a 17 year old whose name I don’t know, right? I intend to have a 35 year old who’s an intellectual and marvellous to talk to. And, I intend to also have a guy who’s about 93 with one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel. What else can I say? There are some people who weren’t meant to be married and it’s very difficult for a female star. It just is…
“It’s just so wonderful not to be tied down.”