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Liza Minnelli On Hollywood Childhood, Elvis & SIMPLY LIZA


Liza Minnelli On Hollywood Childhood, Elvis & SIMPLY LIZAInternationally celebrated stage and screen icon Liza Minnelli discusses her incomparable Hollywood history, her affection for Elvis Presley and her new solo show SIMPLY LIZA as part of a wide-ranging new interview.

Looking back at her legendary heritage - the only Oscar-winning offspring of two Academy Award winners, mother Judy Garland and father Vincente Minnelli - Minnelli states of her upbringing, "I never felt I had to live up to anything!"

Minnelli continues, "I was raised not to feel that. I was raised to be an individual and I'm so grateful to my parents for that! A lot of it had to do with them saying, 'Don't listen to us! Just listen to yourself. There's no one like you.' I could have done anything!"

Commenting upon her affection for her favorite Broadway musical, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and its real-life inspiration, Elvis Presley, Minnelli remembers, "I loved Elvis."

Yet, when questioned why she did not proceed to pursue a career in rock music, Minnelli shares, "I couldn't do that. First of all, I was a girl! But I could dance like that! Still can!"

As for her new show, SIMPLY LIZA, Minnelli reveals, "It's called SIMPLY LIZA. It's songs that I like that other people like, some of which I haven't sung in a while and some that I've never sung, [like] 'Yes [I Can]' which opens the show."

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.