People: Feb. 18, 1966

Carol Channing once jokingly called her "the world's greatest stage stepmother," and the lady herself, Denise Minnelli, would be the last to deny it. So when Liza Minnelli, 19, her husband Vincente's daughter by his marriage to Judy Garland, opened at the Persian Room of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel there was Denise with a lustily applauding troop of 85 show-biz and cafesociety friends. Not that the gal who knocked them dead in Flora the Red Menace needed a private cheering section. After a dozen or so songs, that old belter Ethel Merman rushed over...

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