Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is a legendary American actress and singer. She is the daughter of actress and singer Judy Garland and Garland's second husband, film director Vincente Minnelli. In 1972, Liza Minnelli won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Cabaret and two of her records have been certified gold.
Although Minnelli and her mother shared a warm personal relationship, during the London Palladium performances, Garland recognized Minnelli's talent and felt a sense of competition. Minnelli recalled a time where she was singing on stage: "I was onstage with my mother, but suddenly, she wasn't Mama ... she was Judy Garland.".
As a teenager with two younger siblings, Minnelli bore the brunt of Garland`s substance abuse issues and instability, and often had to take responsibility for her mother and siblings. Minnelli's half-siblings through her mother and husband Sid Luft are sister Lorna Luft and brother Joe Luft. She also has a half-sibling Christiane Nina Minnelli (nicknamed Tina Nina) through her father's second marriage.
She has also been portrayed in the Australian musical The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Broadway, she was portrayed by Broadway star Stephanie J. Block. The show received four Tony nominations.
Separation and subsequent divorce proceedings from Gest in 2003 had been fraught with controversy. Minnelli and Gest signed an agreement in January 2007 to end all pending lawsuits against each other, and to proceed with a no-fault divorce. Prior legal matters were either resolved or dismissed.
Minnelli has no children, having had three miscarriages; one attempted pregnancy left Minnelli with a hiatal hernia as a result of the medical steps taken to try to save the baby.
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, and was featured on the covers of Time and Newsweek Magazines simultaneously.
Hot off the success of the movie, Fosse and Minnelli teamed up for what was to become a groundbreaking show in several departments. Liza with a 'Z', a filmed concert later aired only two times on TV until the somewhat "accidental" 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.
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 at the request of the producers, the film was neither a commercial nor a critical success.
Her appearance opposite Robert De Niro in the 1977 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 duetting 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 feel-good musical comedy.
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, Minnelli was in very bad shape; her family and friends were seriously worried, and even an estrangement with half-sister Lorna was buried. 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 made aware of Minnelli's entertainment capabilities and she continued to tour the world and received offers from several fields in the business. In 2004 and 2005 she appeared as a recurring character on the critically acclaimed TV sitcom Arrested Development as Lucille Austero, the lover of sexually and socially awkward Buster Bluth and also the lover of 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. This was written by Gina Gionfriddo and 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".
Her latest project is the imminent release of a collection of songs that her godmother Kay Thompson originated. In 2007 she has added the songs to her latest tour to introduce them to audiences.
It has recently been announced that once she has completed the collection of songs that Kay Thompson originated and also her tour, she will begin filming Katie's Blues, which she is in negotiations with the writers of the movie musical Chicago in writing the script. Liza will write, produce, and star in the film.
In 1973, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the movie released in 1972, Cabaret.
She has received three Tony Awards to date: a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical in 1965 for "Flora the Red Menace" (and for it still holds the record as the youngest person to receive a Tony for lead in a musical), a special Tony in 1974 for her concert engagement at NY's Winter Garden, and a second Tony, for The Act in 1978. She was nominated in 1984 for The Rink but lost to her costar, Chita Rivera.
Minnelli has one Oscar and Emmy, three Tony Awards, two Golden Globes, along with a special Grammy. She has the distinction of being one of the few Academy Award winners whose parents were both Academy Award nominees, and she is the only winner of that award whose parents were both winners of it as well.
|1949||In the Good Old Summertime||Baby||uncredited|
|1954||The Long, Long Trailer||Wedding Guest||scenes deleted|
|1969||The Sterile Cuckoo||'Pookie' (Mary Ann) Adams||Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress;|
Nominated - BAFTA Award; Nominated - Golden Globe
|1970||Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon||Junie Moon|
|1972||Cabaret||Sally Bowles||Academy Award for Best Actress; BAFTA Award; Golden Globe|
|1974||Just One More Time||Herself||uncredited (short subject)|
|That's Entertainment!||Herself (narrator)|
|Journey Back to Oz||Dorothy||voice|
|1975||Lucky Lady||Claire||Nominated - Golden Globe|
|A Matter of Time||Nina|
|1977||New York, New York||Francine Evans||Nominated - Golden Globe|
|1981||Arthur||Linda Marolla||Nominated - Golden Globe|
|1983||The King of Comedy||Herself||appears in gag cardboard cutout|
|1984||The Muppets Take Manhattan||Herself|
|1985||That's Dancing!||Herself - Host|
|1987||Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night||voice|
|1988||Arthur 2: On the Rocks||Linda Marolla Bach|
|1991||Stepping Out||Mavis Turner|
|1994||A Century of Cinema||Herself||documentary|
|1995||Unzipped||Herself - uncredited||documentary|
|2006||The OH in Ohio||Alyssa Donahue|
|2008||Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age||Herself||documentary|