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Liza Minnelli to Receive 2015 Jack Valenti Legend Award

Liza Minnelli to Receive 2015 Jack Valenti Legend Award

The legendary Liza Minnelli, who won the Academy Award® for "Cabaret," has been named the recipient of the 2015 JACK VALENTI - LOS ANGELES, ITALIA LEGEND AWARD.

Named in memory of long-time MPAA president Jack Valenti, it is the festival's highest honor and is given annually to an outstanding Italian-American who has made major contributions to the global motion picture industry. Al Pacino and Anjelica Huston are the prior recipients.

The award will be presented to Minnelli on the evening of February 20th during the festival's closing night ceremonies. The 10th annual L.A., Italia Fest begins February 15th at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres in the famed Hollywood & Highland complex, with a star-studded array of Italian, Italian-American and international artists scheduled to participate in the weeklong celebration showcasing the best of Italian culture.

This year's festival is dedicated to Frank Sinatra in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Tony and Oscar winning Broadway, film and TV star Liza Minnelli has appeared on Broadway in Flora, The Red Menace -- for which she won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical -- Liza, Chicago, The Act (another Tony win in 1978), The Rink, Victor / Victoria, Minnelli on Minnelli and Liza's at the Palace.

She also received a special Tony Award in 1978 She has appeared as herself on TV in Smash, The Voice UK, So You Think You Can Dance, The Apprentice and more, and she is also known for her portrayal of Lucille Austero in the now-Netflix-based comedy series Arrested Development.

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