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Liza Minnelli forged her iconic image with the character she played in the film version of "Cabaret." The short, jet-black hair, incredibly pronounced eyelashes and ability to simultaneously exude airs of innocence and sassy sexuality that were birthed by "Cabaret" became the person we now know simply as Liza.

Although Minnelli has been more infamous than famous of late -- based on her heavy tabloid presence -- in truth, the Liza icon has been making some high profile star turns. In the past, she has worked on alternative camp-pop with the Pet Shop Boys, and now, after raising her artistic profile with appearances on the television shows "Arrested Development" and "Law and Order," Minnelli pulled off a hipster coup by appearing as "Mother War" on the mega-selling emo-rock album "The Black Parade," by My Chemical Romance.

Minnelli appears at 9 p.m. this evening and Saturday for sold-out performances in the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ont.

-- Jeff Miers

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