Liza Minnelli
American singer and actress
Liza Minnelli
Liza May Minnelli is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.
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Lea Delaria Announces Split From Fiancée In Hilarious Instagram
Huffington Post - 2 months
Don’t cry for “Orange Is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria.  On Wednesday, the 58-year-old actress announced that she and her fiancée, Chelsea Fairless, have called it quits. The couple had originally planned to tie the knot Jan. 8, which is also DeLaria’s parents’ wedding anniversary, People magazine reported.  DeLaria, who also appeared on “Will & Grace” and “Californication,” confirmed the news in a Jan. 11 Instagram photo. The cheeky post is a take on David Gest and Liza Minnelli’s legendary 2002 nuptials, with DeLaria and Fairless’s faces superimposed on Gest and Minnelli’s bodies alongside Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. In the background, Roxette’s ‘80s hit, “It Must Have Been Love,” which was featured on the soundtrack to “Pretty Woman,” plays.  Apparently this was an eerily prophetic choice of engagement photo as our relationship has since gone the way of David and Liza, with one small exception: our split is amicable. Please exclude us from ...
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First Nighter: Parodist Gerard Alessandrini Has His Happy "Spamilton" Go at Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton"
Huffington Post - 7 months
When Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton mutated from a groundbreaking musical into a full-fledged international phenomenon, all us Gerard Alessandrini fans should have known the sly fellow would sooner or later get his hands on it. He has and calls it Spamilton--the title referencing, needless to say, to Spamalot and that built-in Spam zinger. The new send-up is now at the Triad, where the early Forbidden Broadway editions played, and where it's likely to spend quite a while, perhaps enhanced by frustrated theatergoers unable to score (or afford) ducats to the real thing. Since this is Alessndrini, you eager spoof-the-tuner fans, there are some worthy gems along the nose-thumbing way, and since this is Alessandrini after several decades of his Gerard-foolery, the results are mixed. There may even be a new wrinkle in the irony-crazed fellow's approach: a crucially misplaced satirical dig, about which more later. We're all different when it comes to what tickles our funny bone first ...
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Kathy Griffin: "No One Has The Donald Trump Stories I Have"
Huffington Post - 10 months
As she tours the country on her ever-growing eighty stop comedy tour, Kathy Griffin is eviscerating Kardashians, Donald Trump, and everyone in between. With razor sharp wit and masterful timing, Griffin is the go-to performer to get the real deal on current events and pop culture, mostly because she knows them personally! We sat down with her as she prepared for the Wild West Comedy Festival to chat about Blac Chyna, her darling and wine swilling mother Maggie, and Mr. Trump himself. So I have managed to get some free time with you on your insane eighty stop tour! Next up; Nashville for the Wild West Comedy Festival on May 21st! How is it going to be doing Kathy Griffin in the red state of Tennessee? My show in Nashville is going to be all new material! Here's the thing; Tennessee is a red state but Nashville is a blue city. I'm gonna give em' a beat down about this "HB1840" law thing, I'm gonna hassle em! You know, it's getting crazier, and that's where I come in. One o ...
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David Gest, Music Producer And Liza Minnelli's Ex-Husband, Found Dead At 62
Huffington Post - 12 months
Music producer David Gest was found dead at the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf, London on Tuesday. He was 62.  His death was confirmed by his friend and former bodyguard, Imad Handi. “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today. David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend, but a showbiz icon," he said in a statement on Monday, according to The Independent.   People magazine reports that Scotland Yard also released a statement confirming the death of a man at the Four Seasons Hotel in London, but they cannot confirm the identity of the deceased at this time.  According to their statement, authorities responded to reports of an "unexplained death of a man in his 60s" and his death is "being treated as non-suspicious at this stage." Gest was a music producer and reality TV star. He was famously married to Liza Minnelli from 2002 until the actress filed for divorce in 2003, after just 16-months of mar ...
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What Other Actresses Auditioned for the <i>Hello Dolly!</i> Revival? Christine Pedi Knows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With news of a fresh revival of Hello Dolly! starring the one and only Bette Midler coming to Broadway spring 2017, video footage surfaced featuring other possible actresses up for the titled role. Those who have auditioned include Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and even Dame Julie Andrews. Well, not exactly.... Broadway actress &amp; comedian, Christine Pedi, reacts to the news of the new Hello Dolly! revival with an entertaining video featuring her famous impressions of our favorite Broadway divas! In her new video, Pedi portrays what the audition room would be like if Minnelli, LuPone, and even Bernadette Peters walked in. Within three days, over 76,000 viewers have seen the video and a plethora social media posts followed. Bette Midler even showed her support for the video with a special "thank you" tweet to Christine Pedi. Thanks, @ChristinePedi You made my day! — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 23, 2016 Christine ...
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Tony Hale Teases A More Bluth-Centric Season Of 'Arrested Development'
The Huffington Post - about 1 year
Heeeeeeey, brother. Beloved by many but watched by few, "Arrested Development" was resurrected by Netflix in 2013, seven years after Fox pulled the plug on the criminally low-rated sitcom. Where were you then, America?! But the fourth season of the cult series -- the first on the streaming service -- provoked a mixed response, due largely to its frustrating narrative structure. Each episode centered around a single character, severely decreasing the amount of big family scenes, which remain some of the strongest in the series' history. (The chicken dance, anyone?) We sat down recently with actor Tony Hale, who plays Byron "Buster" Bluth, the baby of the Bluth family, to discuss what's in store for the series fifth season, his all-time favorite Buster scene and how the Bluths will be more united than ever.   Once described as "odd and alienating" in our all-time favorite episode, "Public Relations," Buster quickly made his mark, participating in some of the series' most me ...
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See You in the Music: Remembering Natalie Cole
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At Natalie Cole's 60th birthday party in New York City. Photo by Bob Krassner, used by permission. In the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2005, three years into our friendship, I enjoyed one of the most intimate and spontaneous performances ever given by Natalie Cole. It consisted of a single song sung barely above a whisper to an audience of one: me. We were in Aspen, Colorado at a swanky party at the peak of Ajax Mountain. Leaving together, we stepped outside, first into a blast of cold air and a windy swirl of snow, then into a gondola that would transport us down the side of the mountain and back to earth. The cozy pod lifted us off into the sky and soon our visibility was obscured by the feathery blanket of white. Moments later, the motor suddenly stopped. She and I hung suspended high above the ground as the wind rocked our car from side to side as though it were a child's bassinet. We suddenly occupied an imaginary world that was like a snow globe: surreal but ...
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Liza Minnelli Recalls Her 'Exhilarating' Time Onstage With Judy Garland
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This holiday season, Judy Garland is being celebrated with a trio of remastered re-releases of her most famous recordings on vinyl.  One of the three albums re-released, 1965's "Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli: Live at the London Palladium," received something a little extra special to mark its 50th anniversary, liner notes penned by none other than Liza Minnelli herself.  In the text, Minnelli, 69, reveals that her mother, who died in 1969 at age 47, "tricked" her into doing the now-legendary 1964 performance captured on the album, which was first released a year later.  "She asked me to come perform in London with her, but I declined," she writes. "I felt I wasn't ready, I was too young." Fortunately for the world, Garland "didn't take no for an answer," and once Minnelli spotted an advertisement for the concert, she "knew there was no turning back." "Listen, Mama owned whatever stage she was on. So we did it, and it was great and exhilarating and terrifying," Minne ...
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Sinatra at 100: Excuse Me, He Never Disappeared
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Dec. 4, 1987, a Frank Sinatra concert at New Jersey's Brendan Byrne Arena was cancelled. That was bad. This was worse. The 8 p.m. show was not called off until 7:50 p.m., by which time most of the 19,000 ticket holders were standing outside in a cold rain, waiting for the doors to open. Instead they got a muffled cancellation announcement over a tinny loudspeaker. It was not the "One more for the road" they had come to hear. Unhappiest sellout Sinatra crowd ever. Yet in an odd way, the story of The Show That Didn't Go On provides some insight into why Frank Sinatra is that rare, almost singular artist whose life and music we are still widely commemorating on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Sinatra, who was born Dec. 12, 1915, isn't among the celebrants. He died May 14, 1998. But he didn't take it with him. He left most of it for us, and we're still running with it. His 100th birth anniversary sparked two major TV network salutes: CBS last weekend, fe ...
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7 Things You Never Knew About Christopher Isherwood
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Co-authored by James J. Berg The American Isherwood (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) Christopher Isherwood (1904-86) was an Anglo-American writer whose novels, memoirs, plays, and diaries span the 20th century, from his modernist beginnings in the late 1920s to his pathbreaking memoirs of the 1970s. 1. Isherwood's best known work is not quite his own. The latest revival of the musical Cabaret recently closed on Broadway and is headed out on the road. Having seen the likes of Sienna Miller and Emma Stone as the iconic Sally Bowles, this musical drama first appeared on stage in 1966 with a book Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Cabaret is based on the stage play, I Am a Camera by John Van Druten, which was based on "stories by Christopher Isherwood, " including "Sally Bowles" and "Berlin Diary" from Isherwood's 1938 novel, Goodbye to Berlin. Cabaret ran for nearly three years. It was made into a groundbreaking film by Bob Fosse in 1972 and s ...
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Liza Minnelli: End of a Broadway era
USA Today - almost 2 years
Kander and Ebb writing team's final show, 'The Visit', opens tonight.           
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Liza Minnelli Fast Facts
CNN - almost 2 years
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Liza Minnelli back in rehab for substance abuse - about 2 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer and actress Liza Minnelli has returned to rehab for treatment of substance abuse, her spokesman said on Wednesday.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Liza Minnelli
  • 2015
    Age 68
    On July 24, 2015, Minnelli performed at the IP Casino Resort & Spa, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the closing of Flora the Red Menace.
    More Details Hide Details Minnelli has long suffered from alcoholism, and has been addicted to prescription drugs, originating from a Valium prescription after her mother died. Minnelli left her 1984 musical The Rink to enter the Betty Ford Clinic. Her use of recreational drugs in the 1970s was noted by Andy Warhol, who in a 1978 diary entry recalled Minnelli arriving at Halston's house and imploring the host to "Give me every drug you've got." Along with Warhol and Bianca Jagger, Minnelli made frequent appearances at New York City nightclubs during the late 1970s. Minnelli has stated that she is an Episcopalian.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    On May 9, 2014, Minnelli had a guest appearance on Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour in Brooklyn, performing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" alongside Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O'Donnell.
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  • 2010
    Age 63
    She also made a starring appearance in December 2010 in NBC's The Apprentice.
    More Details Hide Details On June 14, 2012 Liza headlined at Hampton Court Palace Festival, an annual event which takes place at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England.
    Minnelli made a cameo appearance in the May 2010 release of Sex and the City 2, in which she covered Beyoncé's hit Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and Cole Porter's Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye.
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    In February 2010, Minnelli appeared in a Snickers commercial along with Aretha Franklin and Betty White.
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  • 2009
    Age 62
    In October 2009, Minnelli toured Australia, and appeared on Australian Idol as a mentor and guest judge.
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    On January 26, 2009, she made an appearance on The View, singing "I Would Never Leave You" (written by Johnny Rodgers, Billy Stritch, and Brian Lane Green) from her new CD Liza's at The Palace!
    More Details Hide Details She was also interviewed by the cast of The View. She was a character in the Australian musical The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. In the show's Broadway production, she was portrayed by Stephanie J. Block.
    On January 10, 2009, Minnelli made a rare live TV appearance in a surprise cameo on NBC's Saturday Night Live, playing the best friend of "Penelope" (Kristen Wiig).
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    Minnelli returned to Broadway in a new solo concert at the Palace Theatre called Liza's at The Palace! which ran from December 3, 2008, through January 4, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In her second act she performed a series of numbers created by Kay Thompson. The reviews noted that while her voice was ragged at times, and her movements no longer elastic, the old magic was still very much present—from first to last, Minnelli had audiences cheering and applauding and begging for more. The show was subsequently staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 30 and October 1, 2009, at which time it was filmed for broadcast on public television and a February 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release.
  • 2006
    Age 59
    She also completed guest vocals on My Chemical Romance's 2006 concept album The Black Parade, portraying "Mother War," a dark conception of the main character's mother, in the song Mama.
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    In September 2006, she made a guest appearance on the long-running NBC drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in "Masquerade", a Halloween-themed episode, broadcast on October 31, 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 58
    The executive producers of the taping, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, previously were involved with the 2005 rerelease of 1972's Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning "Liza with a 'Z'".
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  • 2003
    Age 56
    In a 2003 lawsuit, Gest alleged that Minnelli beat him in alcohol-induced rages during their marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Minnelli also had relationships with Rock Brynner (son of Yul Brynner), Desi Arnaz, Jr., Peter Sellers, and Martin Scorsese. Minnelli has no children; one pregnancy left her with a hiatus hernia as a result of the medical steps taken to try to save the baby. Minnelli has, throughout her lifetime, served various charities and causes which she considers important. She served on the board of directors of The Institutes for The Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) for 20 years, a nonprofit educational organization that introduces parents to the field of child brain development. In a 2006 interview with Randy Rice at Minnelli said that she was the person who told Elizabeth Taylor about HIV/AIDS while talking about their mutual friend, Rock Hudson. She has also dedicated much time to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, which was co-founded by Taylor. In 2007, she stated in an interview with Palm Springs Life magazine, "AmfAR is important to me because I've lost so many friends that I knew AIDS". In 1994, she recorded the Kander & Ebb tune "The Day After That" and donated the proceeds to AIDS research. That same year she performed the song in front of thousands in Central Park at the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
    From 2003 through 2005, she appeared as a recurring character on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning TV sitcom Arrested Development as Lucille Austero, the lover of both the sexually and socially awkward Buster Bluth and Buster's brother Gob.
    More Details Hide Details Minnelli reprised the role for the show's fourth season in 2013.
  • 2002
    Age 55
    She was married to David Gest, a concert promoter, from March 16, 2002, until their separation in July 2003, and their divorce in April 2007.
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    VH1 signed on Minnelli and Gest in 2002 to appear in a reality show entitled Liza & David.
    More Details Hide Details The pilot episode was filmed following the couple around as they prepared for a party at their home, with a guest list including Ray Charles, Luther Vandross, Isaac Mizrahi, Anastacia, among many others. The show was cancelled shortly after the pilot episode was filmed due to a dispute between Gest, Minnelli and VH1, and never aired. Recordings of the pilot episode still exist.
  • 2001
    Age 54
    After years of declining fans' pleas for her to sing Garland's signature song, "Over The Rainbow", she concluded Act 1 with the final refrain of her mother's famous anthem, to an instant ovation.) Among performing her classic hits, other numbers unreleased in the album version included "I Believe You" by The Carpenters, a rap version of "Liza With A 'Z'", "Yes", and Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair", 2001.
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    She returned to the stage in 2001 when asked by long-time friend Michael Jackson to perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City where she sang "Never Never Land" and the televised "You Are Not Alone" at the Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special concert produced by soon to be husband David Gest.
    More Details Hide Details Minnelli told reporters, "I am stable as a table." Gest was so impressed with her stamina and ability to stun audiences that he produced her in Liza's Back in spring 2002 performing to rave reviews in London and New York City. (Most noted in that tour was a tribute to her mother.
  • 2000
    Age 53
    After a serious case of viral encephalitis in 2000, doctors predicted that she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair and would perhaps not even be able to speak again.
    More Details Hide Details However, taking vocal and dance lessons daily (especially with Sam Harris, Ron Lewis, and Angela Bacari), she managed to recover.
  • 1997
    Age 50
    She returned to Broadway in 1997, taking over the title role in the musical Victor/Victoria, replacing Julie Andrews.
    More Details Hide Details In his review, New York Times critic Ben Brantley commented, "her every stage appearance is perceived as a victory of show-business stamina over psychic frailty. She asks for love so nakedly and earnestly, it seems downright vicious not to respond." In 1995 Minnelli and long time collaborator Billy Stritch recorded a number of American standards "unplugged", and were considered by many to be the Holy Grail of Minnelli's career, showing a sultrier and softer, more interpretive side to her artistry. The songs were later released in 2010, making the album "Confessions".
  • 1996
    Age 49
    Minnelli told The Advocate editor-in-chief Judy Wieder in September 1996, "I married Peter and he didn't tell me he was gay.
    More Details Hide Details Everyone knew but me. And I found out... well, let me put it this way: I'll never surprise anybody coming home as long as I live. I call first!"
    In 1996, Minnelli released a new studio album titled Gently.
    More Details Hide Details It was a recording of jazz standards and also included some contemporary songs such as the cover of Does He Love You which she performed as a duet with Donna Summer. This album brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. Minnelli was nominated in 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her studio recording Liza's at the Palace!, based on her hit Broadway show. In 2006, Minnelli appeared on My Chemical Romance's album The Black Parade, providing backing vocals and singing a solo part with Gerard Way on the track "Mama." In May 2010, reported Minnelli would be releasing an album on the Decca Records label entitled Confessions, which was released on September 21, 2010. Her first appearance on film is as the baby in the very last shot of her mother's film, In the Good Old Summertime (1949). Her first credited film role was as the love-interest in Albert Finney's only film as director and star, Charlie Bubbles (1967), although four years earlier, she did voice-over work for the animated film Journey Back to Oz, a sequel to the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz. Minnelli was the voice of Dorothy (a character played in the earlier film by her mother Judy Garland) in what would have been her first credited film role had it been released in 1964 as planned—the Filmation production was delayed, eventually being released in the UK during 1972.
  • 1992
    Age 45
    In April 1992, Minnelli appeared at the tribute concert to her late friend Freddie Mercury, performing "We Are the Champions" with the surviving members of the rock band Queen at Wembley Stadium, London.
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  • 1989
    Age 42
    In 1989 Minnelli collaborated with the Pet Shop Boys on Results, an electronic dance-style album.
    More Details Hide Details The release hit the top 10 in the UK and also charted in the US, spawning four singles: Losing My Mind; Don't Drop Bombs; So Sorry, I Said; and Love Pains. Initially released on VHS titled Visible Results, the clips were later issued on a bonus DVD included in the 2005 remastered and expanded edition of the album. Later that year she performed Losing My Mind live at the Grammys ceremony before receiving a Grammy Legend Award (the first Grammy Legend Awards were issued in 1990 to Minnelli, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Smokey Robinson, and Willie Nelson). With this award, she became one of only 16 people – in a list that includes composer Richard Rodgers, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand, and John Gielgud among others – to win an Emmy, Grammy, Tony Award, and Academy Award.
  • 1979
    Age 32
    Minnelli was married to Mark Gero, a sculptor and stage manager, from December 4, 1979 until their divorce in January 1992.
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  • 1974
    Age 27
    Later that year, she married Jack Haley, Jr., a producer and director, on September 15, 1974. His father, Jack Haley, was Garland's co-star in The Wizard of Oz. They divorced in April 1979.
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    She has successfully returned to the Broadway stage on a number of occasions. She won a Special Tony Award in 1974 for her three-week engagement at the Winter Garden Theatre, won her second Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her starring role in the 1977 musical The Act, was Tony-nominated for her performance for the 1984 musical The Rink, and won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for her show Liza's at The Palace.
    More Details Hide Details From the late 1970s onwards, Minnelli's work has predominantly focused on concert tours and nightclub performances. She gave highly regarded performances at Carnegie Hall in 1979 and 1987, and at Radio City Music Hall in 1991 and 1992. In the late 1980s she toured alongside Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event.
  • 1968
    Age 21
    From 1968 to the 1970s, she also recorded her albums Liza Minnelli (1968), Come Saturday Morning and New Feelin' (both 1970) for A&M Records.
    More Details Hide Details She released The Singer (1973) and Tropical Nights (1977) on Columbia Records.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    Minnelli has married and divorced four times. Her first marriage was to entertainer Peter Allen on March 3, 1967. Australian-born Allen was Judy Garland's protégé in the mid-1960s. They divorced on July 24, 1974.
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  • 1965
    Age 18
    In 1965 she made her Broadway debut in the musical Flora the Red Menace and was awarded the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the award.
    More Details Hide Details Critically lauded for her Academy Award nominated dramatic performance in the film The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), she rose to international stardom with the Emmy Award-winning TV special Liza with a Z (1972) and her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (1972), which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Other notable film credits have included Golden Globe Award nominated performances in Lucky Lady (1975), New York, New York (1977) and Arthur (1981).
  • 1964
    Age 17
    She also regularly performed with her famous mother, most notably in their 1964 joint engagement at the London Palladium and in Garland's own CBS television series The Judy Garland Show.
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  • 1963
    Age 16
    Minnelli began performing professionally at age 17, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward, for which she received the Theatre World Award.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, her mother invited Liza to perform with her in concert at the London Palladium. Both concerts were recorded and released as an album. She attended Scarsdale High School for one year, starring in a production of The Diary of Anne Frank which then went to Israel on tour. She turned to Broadway at 19, and won her first Tony Award as a leading actress for Flora the Red Menace. It was the first time she worked with the musical duo John Kander and Fred Ebb. Minnelli began as a nightclub singer as an adolescent, making her professional nightclub debut at the age of 19 at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. That same year she began appearing in other clubs and on stage in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and New York City. Her success as a live performer led to her recording several albums for Capitol Records: Liza! Liza! (1964), It Amazes Me (1965), and There Is a Time (1966). In her early years, she recorded traditional pop standards as well as show tunes from various musicals in which she starred. Because of this fact, William Ruhlmann named her "Barbra Streisand's little sister". The Capitol albums Liza! Liza!, It Amazes Me, and There Is A Time were reissued on the two-CD compilation The Capitol Years in 2001, in their entirety.
  • 1961
    Age 14
    During 1961, Minnelli was an apprentice at the Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in the chorus of Flower Drum Song and played the part of Muriel in Take Me Along.
  • 1946
    Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946 in Hollywood, California, to Vincente Minnelli and Judy Garland.
    More Details Hide Details She attended New York City's High School of Performing Arts and Chadwick School. Her first performing experience on film was at age three where she appeared in the final scene of the musical In the Good Old Summertime (1949). The film stars Garland and Van Johnson. Minnelli has a half-sister, Lorna, and half-brother, Joey, from Garland's marriage to Sid Luft. She also has another half-sister, Christiane Nina Minnelli (nicknamed Tina Nina), from her father's second marriage. Minnelli's godparents were Kay Thompson and Ira Gershwin. Her parents named her after Ira Gershwin's song "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)".
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