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Liza Minnelli Biography

Already established as a nightclub singer, and a musical theatre actress, she first attracted international attention for her dramatic performances in the movies The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970). Minnelli rose to international stardom for her appearance as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret, a role that brought her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

While film projects such as Lucky Lady, A Matter of Time and New York, New York were poorly received, Minnelli found herself as one of the most versatile, highly regarded, and best-selling entertainers in television, beginning with Liza with a Z in 1972, and on stage in the Broadway productions The Act and The Rink. From the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, headlines focused on her health problems, alcoholism, and drug abuse, but Minnelli found new prominence with international concert tours and appearances such as Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall, Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event, and Liza Live from Radio City Music Hall.

After years of continued health problems including a serious bout with viral encephalitis, she returned with a new concert show Liza's Back in 2002, well regarded guest appearances in the sitcom Arrested Development, a small role in the movie The OH in Ohio, as well as worldwide concert tours. Having finished the Broadway show Liza's at The Palace...! in January 2009, which garnered her excellent notices, Minnelli is set to tour.

Minnelli has a total of three Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field, along with many other honors and awards.

Liza Minnelli was born in Hollywood, California to father Vincente Minnelli and mother Judy Garland. Born into a family well known to film-goers, Minnelli's maternal lineage can claim entertainers going back six generations. Her mother, Judy Garland, had legendary success in film and in music, but started in show-business as part of a vaudeville act with Minnelli's aunts as "The Gumm Sisters". Her father, an acclaimed MGM film director, was from a theatrical family which also included circus performers.

Minnelli's first performing experience on film was at age three where she appeared in the final scene of the 1949 musical In the Good Old Summertime. The film starred Judy Garland and Van Johnson. Although Minnelli and her mother shared a warm personal relationship, during her performances with her mother at the London Palladium, Garland recognized Minnelli's talent and felt a sense of competition. Minnelli recalled, "I was onstage with my mother, but suddenly, she wasn't Mama ... she was Judy Garland."

Minnelli's half-sister and brother from Garland's marriage to Sid Luft are Lorna and Joey Luft. She also has another half-sister, Christiane Nina Minnelli (nicknamed Tina Nina), from her father's second marriage.

She's longtime childhood friends with actress, Katy Manning.

Minnelli began performing professionally at age 17, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward, for which she received good notices, and her first award—The Theatre World Award. The next year, her mother invited Minnelli to perform with her at the London Palladium. The audience loved her, launching her future concert career. She turned to Broadway at 19, and in 1965 she became the youngest woman ever to win a leading actress Tony Award for Flora the Red Menace.

Minnelli began as a nightclub singer while in her teens and made her professional nightclub debut at the age of 19 at Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Later, she appeared in other clubs and on stage in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York City. Her success as a live performer brought her a chance to record several albums at 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 different musicals within she also has starred from time to time. Because of this fact, William Ruhlmann named her "Barbra Streisand's little sister".

From 1968 up to the 1970s, she also recorded more contemporary material according to classic pop songs with her albums Liza Minnelli (1968), Come Saturday Morning and New Feelin' (both 1970) from A&M Records and The Singer (1973), which seemed like a compilation of soft rock material, as well as the disco-styled Tropical Nights (1977) from Columbia Records. Her music career was more influenced by successful live performances with international concert tours than commercial success as a recording artist. Today, she is still better known for her contributions to the Great American Songbook than for her interpretations of contemporary pop songs, although her collaboration with Pet Shop Boys in 1989 produced the significant album Results.

In April 1992 Liza Minnelli performed "We Are The Champions" with the surviving members of the rock band, Queen, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.

Her first appearance on film is as the baby in the very last shot of her mother Judy Garland'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).

In 1969 she appeared in Alan J. Pakula's first feature film, The Sterile Cuckoo (1969), as Pookie Adams, a needy, eccentric teenager. Her performance won her her first Academy Award nomination. She played another eccentric character the following year in Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, directed by Otto Preminger.

In 1972, Minnelli appeared in perhaps her best-known film role, as "Sally Bowles" in the movie version of Cabaret. She said that one of the things she did to prepare was to study photographs of classic actresses Louise Glaum and Louise Brooks and the dark-haired ladies of that time. Minnelli won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance, along with a Golden Globe Award. She was the first person to ever grace the covers of Time and Newsweek magazines simultaneously.

Hot off the success of the movie, Bob Fosse and Minnelli teamed up for what was to become a groundbreaking show in several departments. Liza with a 'Z'. A Concert for Television, a filmed concert later aired only two times on TV until the recovery from the vaults and first public release on DVD in 2006. In the concert, filmed in one non-stop performance, Minnelli danced and sang in several daring and censor-challenging costumes designed by famed costume designer Halston. Several awards were the reward for what is regarded by both critics and public as a piece of show business history.

In 1975 she was considered for the part of Anna in a Spanish film Un Largo Retorno. The director Pedro Lazaga saw Liza in Charlie Bubbles and though she was good for the part, but when he found out she was 29 she was considered to old for the part, the part was given to British actress Lynne Frederick instead.

Following a string of less successful feature movies and ventures into television, she finally got the chance to work with her father, director Vincente Minnelli, in the 1976 fantasy-musical A Matter of Time, co-starring Ingrid Bergman. After severe editing and cutting, done by the studio, with no input from Vincente Minnelli, the film was neither a commercial nor a critical success.

Her appearance opposite Robert De Niro in the 1977 musical drama film, New York, New York however, gave Minnelli her best known signature song. Frank Sinatra released a successful cover version (for his Trilogy: Past Present Future album) two years later and used it as his signature song as well, sometimes even dueting with Liza live on stage.

After her performance as leading lady to Dudley Moore in 1981's hit film Arthur, Minnelli made fewer film appearances although she returned to the big screen in 1991 for Stepping Out, a musical dramedy.

Minnelli's career has been filled with highs and lows.

In the beginnings, however, she recorded several studio albums for A&M and Capitol Records. The Capitol albums Liza! Liza!, It Amazes Me, and There Is A Time have been reissued on the two-CD compilation The Capitol Years in 2001, for the first time in their entirety.

In 1989 Minnelli collaborated with Pet Shop Boys on Results, an electronic dance-style album. 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. This also gave her a chance to film promotional videos for the songs and resulted in a long-overdue comeback in the music business. 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, making her one of only 12 other entertainers, in a list that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand and Mel Brooks among others, to win an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award, even though she is sometimes discounted since her Grammy was a special award and not won in a competitive category.

She returned to Broadway in 1997, taking over the title role in the musical Victor/Victoria, replacing Julie Andrews. 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."

After a serious case of viral encephalitis in 2000, doctors predicted that she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. However, she refused to accept this and with the help of dance lessons, which she still takes daily, managed to recover and returned to the stage Liza's Back in 2002 performing to rave reviews in London and New York City. After this success, the world was again aware of Minnelli's entertainment capabilities and thus she continued to tour globally.

In 2004 and 2005 she appeared as a recurring character on the critically acclaimed TV sitcom Arrested Development as "Lucille Austero", the lover of both the sexually and socially awkward "Buster Bluth" and Buster's brother "GOB".

In September 2006, she made a guest appearance on the long-running NBC drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Masquerade, the Halloween-themed episode, broadcast on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. 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.

For years, Liza had wanted to record a collection of songs that her godmother Kay Thompson had performed in her nightclub act. In 2007 Liza added some of Thompson's songs to her latest tour to introduce them to audiences. The Thompson material eventually appeared on the 2-disc set, "Liza's at the Palace...!," which was released in early 2009.

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. 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 12009, at which time it was filmed for broadcast on public television and a February 2010 DVD and Blu-ray release.

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" (Kristin Wiig). On January 26, 2009, she made an appearance on The View, singing I Would Never Leave You from her new CD Liza's at The Palace...!. She was also interviewed by the cast of The View.

She was portrayed in the Australian musical The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Broadway, she was portrayed by star Stephanie J. Block.

In October 2009, Minnelli toured Australia, and appeared on Australian Idol as a mentor and guest judge.

Minnelli has been married (and divorced) four times. Her first marriage was to Peter Allen (full name Peter Allen Woolnough) on March 3, 1967. Australian-born Allen was Judy Garland's protégé in the mid-1960s. The couple divorced on July 24, 1974. 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 1979.

Minnelli was married to Mark Gero, a sculptor and stage manager, from December 4, 1979 until 1992. She was married to David Gest, a concert promoter, from March 16, 2002, until July 25, 2003.

Minnelli has no children; one pregnancy left her with a hiatal hernia as a result of the medical steps taken to try to save the baby.

During the early days of Television in the 1950s Liza appeared as a child guest on Art Linkletter's show and in 1959 sang and danced with Gene Kelly on his first television special. She was a guest star in one episode of the popular Ben Casey television series starring Vince Edwards and was a frequent guest on chat shows of the day including numerous appearances on shows hosted by Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Joe Franklin, Dinah Shore and Johnny Carson. During the 1960s she made several guest appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In as well as other variety shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, The Hollywood Palace, as well as The Judy Garland Show. In 1964 she appeared as Minnie in her first television dramatic role in the episode "Nightingale for Sale" on Craig Stevens's short-lived CBS series, Mr. Broadway.

Recently, Minnelli has made guest appearances on such shows as Arrested Development and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In the UK she has appeared on the Ruby Wax, Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross shows and in October 2006 participated in a comedy skit on the Charlotte Church Show and was featured on the Michael Parkinson Show. Set to be a guest judge on Australian Idol 2009 on the 18th of October 2009.

Minnelli has, throughout her lifetime, served various charities and causes which she considers very important. She served on the board of directors of the 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. She also dedicated much time to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. In 2007, Minnelli stated in an interview with Palm Springs Life magazine, "AmfAR is important to me because I've lost so many friends that I knew ".In 1994, Minnelli 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.

Minnelli also appears on "The Black Parade" CD by My Chemical Romance. During the song "Mama" she is the woman who sings "and if you would call me your sweetheart, I'd maybe then sing you a song".

In November 2009, American Public Television aired "Liza's at the Palace", taped from September 30-October 1, 2009 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre. It is scheduled to be distributed on DVD in early 2010. The executive producers of the taping, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, previously were involved with the 2005 re-release of 1972's Emmy and Peabody Award winning "Liza with a 'Z'".

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