Okay, the last in the series, the Liza Minnelli story.... Although I was often called upon to call famous people to remind them of fittings, the case of Miss Minnelli was quite different. She was making some kind of "comeback" to Broadway, was starring in a Kander and Ebb musical titled The Rink with Chita Rivera. Miss Rivera had already been in to try on the simple costumes designed by Theoni V. Aldredge (who once ironed a shirt for me as she didn't like the one I was wearing to work.... amazing woman, very Greek and very modest despite her awards for shows such as A Chorus Line and her efforts to make sure that designers got artistic recognition as well as royalties for their original works) and, coming back to Chita, I don't remember much of her visit. Miss Minnelli was a different story. The boss's husband (who was actually my boss, as he "ran" the business part of the costume shop) first lectured me about Miss Minnelli's visit. She was to be greeted with a "Good afternoon, Miss Minnelli" and then ushered into the star dressing room where she was not to be disturbed or talked to again. However, when Miss Minnelli breezed into the shop, she was having nothing to do with being hidden away in some back dressing room, no matter how luxurious it was. My boss was nearly licking her feet as she sat at his antique desk and threw her feet up onto the blotter. "Boy", she shouted from over there (I had direct sight lines to my boss' desk) "bring me a Coke!" This I had to do chop-chop. During the five or ten minutes she waited there (the other boss, the head dresser, made Miss Minnelli wait, I don't think she liked her attitude very much) she must have downed three or four cans of Coke while she laughed loudly and pretended to chat with my boss. When the head dresser found out about the coke, later, she made a snide remark about not being surprised, as the simple jeans that she had prepared for Miss Minnelli had to be made from a special stretch fabric as she kept putting on and losing weight. I must say that Miss Minnelli's visit brought back the original awe I had felt when I first began working at the shop. I had become used to famous people by the time she breezed in-- but just thinking about this woman who had wowed me as a kid in Cabaret, who was the fruit of the womb of Judy Garland with a father like Vincent Minnelli, well, one had to be briefly in awe. I saw the show in previews, not impressed, Miss Minnelli spent most of her time on stage sitting (she had twisted her ankle roller skating for the show) and smoking. The critics didn't like it much either. Miss Minnelli left the show to go into rehab I heard at the time, thought it was just an ugly rumor but the Wikipedia article "confirms" it. So, that brings me to the end of the most notable people I remember from my 15 months in that job. Oh, yes, I met Sigourny Weaver, lovely woman, quite professional, a lot of other ballet people and Broadway people and opera people, designers that most would not know their names (Ann Roth, Richard Horneg, Patricia Ziprod etc....). Just thought it would be fun to share with you all. Where I live presently I've only seen two famous people in the distance: Isabel Pantoja (Spanish ballad singer, presently in jail for tax evasion) and Iñaki Gabilongo (TV news personality). peace, revel.