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THE EASTMAN AWARD FOR EPHRON

Nora Ephron is in Atlantic City, at the movie industry's ShowEast Convention. She will pick up the group's highest filmmaker accolade -- the George Eastman Award.

A nice bit of recognition and just in time for the release of Ephron's latest effort, "Michael," starring John Travolta as a sexy angel with "attitude."

If Liza Minnelli had any troubles in recent months, they appear to have vanished. At least as of Monday night when she wowed New York's Beacon Theater at a benefit for the Boys Brotherhood Republic. Liza -- in low-cut, backless, glittering black -- looked and sounded liked a star reborn. She sang seven songs, including a Peter Allen number, and the Gershwin classic "Embraceable You," which she dedicated to "my parents, whom I loved very much." (If I have to remind you that Liza's parents were Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, please leave the room!)

And not only was she tiptop on stage, she posed for pics and signed autographs until the wee hours backstage. This was her labor of love for an old pal who was the show's emcee, Stan Martin.

If she keeps riding so high and healthy, Liza's "Victor/Victoria" stint in January is gonna be something to see!

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