Liza Minnelli Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 March 1946Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameLiza May Minnelli
Nicknames The Queen of Hollywood
The Queen of Broadway
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, the daughter of Judy Garland and movie director Vincente Minnelli. She was practically raised at MGM studios while her parents worked long hours there and she made her film debut at fourteen months of age in the movie In the Good Old Summertime (1949). Her parents divorced in 1951 and, in 1952, her mother married Sidney Luft, with sister Lorna Luft and brother Joey Luft subsequently being born. Her father, Vincente Minnelli, later married Georgette Magnani, mother of her half-sister Christiane Nina "Tina Nina" Minnelli.

At sixteen, Liza was on her own in New York City, struggling to begin her career in show business. Her first recognition came for the play "Best Foot Forward" which ran for seven months in 1963. A year later, Judy invited Liza to appear with her for a show at the London Paladium. This show sold out immediately and a second night was added to it. Liza's performance in London was a huge turning point in both her career and her relationship with her mother. The audience absolutely loved Liza and Judy realized that Liza was now an adult with her own career. It was at the Paladium that Liza met her first husband, Peter Allen, a friend of Judy's.

Liza won a Tony award at age nineteen and was nominated for her first Academy Award at age twenty-three for the role of Pookie Adams in The Sterile Cuckoo (1969). Other dramatic roles followed and, in 1972, she won an Oscar for her performance as Sally Bowles in the movie Cabaret (1972). The seventies were a busy time for Liza. She worked steadily in film, stage and music. She and good friend Halston were regulars at Studio 54, the trendiest disco club in the world. Marriages to filmmaker Jack Haley Jr. and Mark Gero, a sculptor who earned his living in the theater followed. Each marriage ended in divorce.

Over the past years, her career has leaned more towards stage performances and she has a long list of musical albums which she continues to add to. She teamed with Frank Sinatra in his "Duets" CD and Sammy Davis Jr. joined them for a series of concerts and TV shows which were extremely well-received.

She has had to deal with tabloid stories of drug abuse and ill-health and has had a number of high profile stays at drug-rehabilitation clinics. Her hectic schedule may have slowed down in recent years, but she still has a large following of immensely loyal fans who continue to cheer her on.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sheryl S. Reeder < sherry@reeder.com>

Spouse (4)

David Gest (16 March 2002 - 20 April 2007) (divorced)
Mark Gero (4 December 1979 - 1992) (divorced)
Jack Haley Jr. (15 September 1974 - 1979) (divorced)
Peter Allen (3 March 1967 - 24 June 1974) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Big finishes on every show or song
Slick, bobbed shagged hair

Trivia (81)

5/00: Cancelled 14 concert appearances after being hospitalized for additional surgery on her hips.
Frequently attended legendary New York disco Studio 54
Has had 2 hip replacement surgeries and 3 knee surgeries.
Says her mother gave her a sense of humor.
Sees a psychiatrist and attends AA (as of December 1999).
Sought treatment at the Betty Ford Center when she was 35.
1997: Had vocal surgery, after which she began watching her father's movies. This led to her starring in her renowned Broadway revue, "Minnelli on Minnelli".
Ex-daughter-in-law of Jack Haley.
1999: Winner of the Board of Directors MAC Award.
At her wedding to David Gest, Elizabeth Taylor and Marisa Berenson acted as co-matrons of honor, while Michael Jackson and Tito Jackson were co-best men.
Her ex-husband, David Gest, is an event planner.
Her parents named her after Ira Gershwin's song "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)"
1990: She received the Grammy Legend Award, making her one of the few artists who have won entertainment's top four awards - the Oscar, the Tony, The Emmy and the Grammy.
1977: Hit #104 on the Billboard Singles Charts with "Theme from New York, New York" (United Art. 1014).
Was briefly managed by KISS lead singer/guitarist Gene Simmons in the 1980s.
5/25/03: Broke her knee while preparing for a concert with Luciano Pavarotti in Bologna, Italy.
10/19/00: Admitted to a Fort Lauderdale (FL) hospital where she was treated for viral encephalitis.
Half-sister Christiane moved to Mexico and is the mother of two grown children. She attended Liza's wedding to David Gest in 2003.
2004: Made up with half-sister Lorna Luft.
When she was young she befriended Marilyn Monroe.
1973: Became the seventh person to win the Triple Crown of Acting: Tony for "Flora, the Red Menace" (1965) and "The Act" (1977); Oscar, Best Actress for Cabaret (1972); and Emmy in 1973 for Liza with a Z (1972).
Her mother, Judy Garland, and former father-in-law, Jack Haley, starred together in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
9/30/91: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for live theatre. It is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Has won three Tony Awards, two as Best Actress (Musical), for 1965's "Flora, the Red Menace" and 1978's "The Act," and, in 1974, a Special Tony Award "for adding lustre to the Broadway theatre season." She was also nominated as Best Actress (Musical) in 1984 for "The Rink," but lost that award to her co-star, Chita Rivera.
One of only four actresses, along with Faye Dunaway, Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry, to win both the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Dunaway shared her award with Bo Derek.
Is portrayed by several actresses at different ages in her life in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001).
1980: A co-presenter at the Academy Awards ceremony, she accepted the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role on behalf of Melvyn Douglas, who wasn't present.
She and her mother, Judy Garland, were the first Oscar-nominated mother and daughter.
Is mentioned in School of Rock (2003) as a musical inspiration.
Her mother Judy Garland was pregnant with her while filming her minor role in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946). In order to hide her pregnant stomach she was hidden behind stacks of dishes while singing "Look For The Silver Lining".
Was a huge fan of the TV show La Femme Nikita (1997), so much so that in 1997, before Peta Wilson's first TV interview on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996), Liza secretly called to have Peta's limo stop at her home on the way to the studio so she could meet her and give her advice on what to say. Wilson later confirmed this during the interview.
Godparents were Ira Gershwin and Kay Thompson.
Is Italian and French on her father's side and Irish and Scottish on her mother's.
In the early 1980s during pre-production for a film version of "Evita", director Ken Russell auditioned her for the part. Russell was so impressed that he refused to do the film without her. He was promptly fired by producer Robert Stigwood and the film lay dormant for over 10 years until the Madonna version came out in 1996.
Is portrayed by Donna Coney Island in Ghostlight (2003)
Reports that she adopted a three-year-old daughter named Serena, with then-husband David Gest in early 2003, have proved to be untrue.
Because Liza constantly traveled with her mother, she spent most of her childhood in hotels. She was the inspiration for the character of "Eloise", who grew up in the Plaza Hotel. The books were written by Liza's godmother, Kay Thompson.
Best friend is Cabaret (1972) co-star Marisa Berenson.
In the early 60s, she lived in London with mother Judy Garland, half siblings Lorna Luft and Joey Luft and stepfather Sidney Luft.
Sang part of the song "Mama" on My Chemical Romance's third studio album, "Welcome to the Black Parade".
Born in the same hospital as Natalie Cole, Micky Dolenz, and former boyfriend Desi Arnaz Jr..
Only child of two Oscar-winners to win an Oscar herself.
2/3/07: Was honored at the "Steve Chase Awards", a charity gala in Palm Springs, CA, where she was awarded the humanitarian award for her many years of work with AIDS charities. She shared the honor with Bishop Desmond Tutu. The presenter of the award was her old friend, Joel Grey.
The Oh in Ohio (2006) was her first theatrical feature in 15 years.
Was childhood friends with Mia Farrow, Cheryl Crane and Katy Manning.
7/16/07: Was in attendance at the movie premiere of Hairspray (2007).
Suffered three miscarriages during her marriage to Mark Gero; the first occurring just a week after their wedding in December 1979.
Is a close friend of singer Diana Ross.
12 December 2007: Collapsed on stage whilst performing a Christmas show in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1972, after winning the Academy Award for Cabaret (1972), Marlene Dietrich said about her: "I'm annoyed when people keep comparing her to her mother [Judy Garland]. She's nothing to do with her mother. She's a completely different woman. The film Cabaret (1972) is a great hit for her and that's all one wants.".
Was a huge friend of the singer Freddie Mercury.
Portrayed by Stephanie J. Block in the play about Peter Allen's life.
Stayed very close friends with her first husband, Peter Allen, until his death in 1992.
Was actually the second choice to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret (1972). Barbra Streisand was offered the part first, but she turned it down because she wanted to move away from musicals.
She was awarded the 2009 Tony Award for her show, "Liza's at the Palace," for Special Theatrical Presentation at the Palace Theatre in New York City.
For her first network TV appearance, on The Jack Paar Program (1962) in March of 1963, she was billed as the somewhat exotic sounding Yduj Dnalrag...Judy Garland spelled backwards!.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
First television appearance was on The Linkletter Show (1952) in 1954.
Is one of 7 actresses who have won an Academy Award for their performance in a musical. The others in chronological order are Rita Moreno, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Anne Hathaway.
Underwent knee surgery in January, 2010.
While Frank Sinatra's version of "New York, New York" is played at Yankee Stadium after every Yankee home win, Liza Minnelli's version is played after every Yankee home loss.
Is one of 14 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Booth, Rita Moreno, Maureen Stapleton Jessica Tandy, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Helen Mirren and Frances McDormand.
Stated in an interview that she had her first kiss with Rock Brynner, son of Yul Brynner. They are still friends to this day.
Was billed to star in A Great Wind Cometh with a screenplay by Joseph Goldman according to a Cannon Group 1984 publicity brochure.
Her favorite modern-day singers are Adele, Michael Bublé, Pink and 'Lady GaGa'.
Was delivered via Caesarean section.
Is the only performer who can claim the distinction of being a "R.E.G.O.T." - someone who has won a Razzie, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.
Performing "Liza's Back" on Broadway. [January 2003]
Was the 73rd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Cabaret (1972) at The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973) on March 27, 1973.
The half aunt of Jesse Hooker & Hooker Vanessa.
In 2012 was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Award at the "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal".
Is one of 26 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Cabaret (1972). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Ann-Margret (Tommy (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penelope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)).
Was considered to portray Deborah in Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
Is one of 14 actresses to have won both the Best Actress Academy Award and the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for the same performance; hers being for Cabaret (1972). The others, in chronological order, are: Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday (1950), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class (1973), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Cher for Moonstruck (1987), 'Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Helen Hunt for As Good as It Gets (1997), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007), and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Is one of 14 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Marcia Gay Harden.
She is the 10th cousin once removed of Tom Hanks.
She is the 11th cousin 6 times removed of Lyman Hall(Signer of the Declaration of Independence).
She is the 9th cousin 12 times removed of Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, & Jane Seymour.
She is the 3rd cousin 13 times removed of Catherine Parr(6th wife of King Henry VIII).
She is the 15th cousin twice removed of Orvillve & Wilbur Wright.

Personal Quotes (17)

[12/99] I've got a good life, and I don't think anything can rock that anymore.
[in the film That's Entertainment! (1974)] Thank God for film, it can capture a moment and hold it there forever. If anyone ever asks you, "Who were they?" or "What made them so good?" I think a reel of film answers that question.
Reality is something you rise above.
My mother gave me my drive but my father gave me my dreams.
[2004] I feel like I haven't done my best work yet. I feel like there's a world of possibilities out there.
I remember playing in the Beverly Hills park with Mia Farrow and Candy [Candice Bergen] and Tisha Sterling and, while we sat in the sandbox, we could hear our English nannies talking about picture deals and costume direction and whose employer was going to win the Academy Award.
It's a waste of time to think about what I should have done and what I didn't. I really believe in that. That's how I react to the if-onlys of life. To moan and groan about something I shouldn't have done, could have done, might have done . . . who knows? It is what it is. You got what you got. I live my life one day at a time.
My family's been in show business since the 1700s. I traced them. I'm bred to this. Like a racehorse. A thoroughbred. Look at my parents, my God. But it was my curiosity that made me do this. Because you could also say, "Look at Frank Sinatra Jr.." It's not like a natural thing that happens. You gotta work.
I'm always looking at the next thing. I'm too curious to look back . . . it's very hard to be unhappy when you're curious and grateful. You're busy. You don't have time to be unhappy. My biggest talent is I know who is more talented than I am. I find them and I go to them, and I learn.
[on Judy Garland] She was a friend of mine, a trying friend, but a friend. That is what I tell myself: She did everything she ever wanted to do. She never really denied herself anything for me. See, I say, she had a wonderful life; she did what she wanted to do. And I have no right to change her fulfillment into my misery. I'm on my own broom now.
[on working with Robert De Niro in New York, New York (1977)] Sure, a class-A bastard. After the sneak preview in San Francisco, Bobby said to me in the car, "I don't mind being a bastard, as long as I'm an interesting bastard."
It was no great tragedy being Judy Garland's daughter. I had tremendously interesting childhood years - except they had little to do with being a child.
[on the death of Michael Jackson] He was a kind, genuine, and wonderful man. He was also one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I loved him very much and I will miss him every remaining day of my life.
[on why she doesn't perform her mother's songs] They've been sung.
[on filming Cabaret (1972)] We're trying to show the dirt and decadence and the perverse atmosphere of Berlin when the Nazis came to power. All the numbers take place inside the cabaret with real drag queens and cheap, tacky sets.
I don't mean to sound blase, but everybody in the house I grew up in was famous, and nobody cared. [Ira Gershwin's] advice to me was, 'Think about what you're saying'. Later on, when I heard Aznavour singing, I wanted to do what he did so I begged him to be my mentor. He taught me a lot about keeping the mystery alive.
I'm not a very good singer. I just know how to present a song, and honey, I think I've been through enough to do it right.

Salary (1)

Cabaret (1972) $250 000

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