Thursday, July 1, 2010

Footnotes: A Fan’s Dedication to Judy & Liza Lives On

When Scott Schechter – the author and producer of several important books and CD’s involving Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli* -- died suddenly of a heart attack in May of last year, he left behind a choice collection of Garland and Minnelli memorabilia which, thanks to the persistence of his friends, has been acquired by the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts collection at Lincoln Center.

Once the material is processed and cataloged, it will be made available for public viewing, but there was an intimate event a couple of weeks ago at the Library announcing the acquisition.

Minnelli’s PR rep, Scott Gorenstein, spoke movingly of Schechter and his astonishment at first seeing the immense scope of Schechter’s collection when he finally made it to Schechter’s home in Asbury Park, later persuading the library that this was a collection worth acquiring.

Two display cases – one of Garland memorabilia, another of Minnelli treasures – provided a tantalizing glimpse of items that will eventually be available to researchers.

*the CDs “Liza Minnelli: The Complete Capitol Collection,” “Classic Judy Garland: The Capitol Years 1955-1965,” “The Judy Garland Show: The Show That Got Away” and “Liza Minnelli: Ultimate Collection,” and the comprehensive book on Minnelli's career, “The Liza Minnelli Scrapbook.” Print this post


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