Oscar statue appears to spend time with Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein

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A deceptive Fb publish by musician Michael Feinstein lately had some followers believing he had swiped an Oscar from Liza Minnelli.

Liza’s longtime pianist collaborator and his husband, Terrence Flannery, have taken more and more bigger roles within the diva’s life since she moved from New York to Los Angeles 4 years in the past.

On the evening of the Academy Awards, Feinstein posted a photograph of a gold Oscar statuette and recognized it as Vincente Minnelli’s 1959 Greatest Director Oscar for “Gigi.”

“Vincente gifted me this stunning statue many, many 12 months [sic] in the past. It stays on the mantel in my bed room, so I’ll admire it and Mr. Minnelli’s immense expertise, every day,” the publish acknowledged.

Michael Feinstein and Liza Minnelli
Michael Feinstein and Liza MinnelliAurora Rose/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Liza followers have been instantly suspicious. “There’s nothing extra sacred to Liza on Earth than her father’s Oscar. No manner she would give it away,” one longtime pal informed me.

Liza’s frequent accompanist Billy Stritch sarcastically commented: “Wow I didn’t understand that was your Oscar! So good of you to let Liza show it in her house for all these years. Guess you’re glad to have it again in your bed room!” He later deleted the remark.

Feinstein lastly cleared up the confusion, modifying his publish final week guilty “an assistant in my make use of” for the “misinformation.”

“The picture was taken a number of years in the past throughout development at Liza’s house,” Feinstein defined. “I saved it for safekeeping whereas employees and strangers had full run of her house throughout a transform. Upon development completion, the Oscar was safely returned to Liza’s possession.”

The 2 carried out “New York, New York,” collectively on Thursday at a Hudson Yards opening ceremony with Feinstein tickling the ivories and Liza wowing the VIP crowd.

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