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Liza Minnelli

Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Perhaps no three words in the English language better personify show business than Liza May Minnelli. The daughter of legendary film maker Vincent Minnelli and one of the greats of film and stage, Judy Garland, Liza was born 75 years ago today in the veritable home of show business-- Hollywood, California.

It was almost a given, preordained, that the young daughter of such show business royalty would pursue performing. What no one could predict, however, was that Liza Minnelli would conquer stage, screen, records, concerts and later on, even television. She became a nightclub performer at the age of 16, won her first Tony at 19, released three albums through Capitol Records by 20, and received her first Oscar nomination at 24. Liza became a fashion icon in her teens with her signature pixie cut- the result of having to chop her locks when playing around with some friends ended with a wad of gum in her hair. That, plus her red lips and ensembles, made her a muse to designers like Halston, and a creative muse for such Broadway luminaries as John Kander and Fred Ebb, who Liza famously claimed “created her.” 

Liza left home and moved to New York to become a Broadway performer. “To be on Broadway, you have to go to New York. So I went to New York. And that was the last time that I took any money from my parents” When asked if having famous parents helped her career, Liza responded, “People don’t want to spend money on a publicity stunt- you have to deliver.” And deliver she did. She delivered so well that when she was 19, Minnelli became the youngest person to win the leading actress in a musical Tony for her turn in the 1965 Kander and Ebb musical Flora the Red Menace. Thus beginning a long standing relationship between the hit making duo and Liza. Her other Broadway credits include Liza, Chicago, The Act, The Rink, Victor/Victoria, Minnelli on Minnelli and Liza's at the Palace.

From Steppin Out to Sex in The City, Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon to Arthur, and the role that cemented her into the status of bona fide movie star, Cabaret, Liza Minelli dominated the screen. She received her first Oscar nomination for her riveting performance in the romantic comedy The Sterile Cuckoo. It's been often said that Liza’s infamous telephone scene is one of the greatest performances in film history. She did the scene on her first day on set when production began, in one take with no edits. Liza has said that after doing this scene in one take she knew that she understood the character and that it gave her a lot of confidence as an actress. That confidence was displayed in the role of a lifetime as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The 1972, Bob Fosse-directed big-screen musical earned eight Oscars, including one for Liza’s work as American expatriate in 1930s Berlin during the rise of Nazism. Her father Vincent Minnelli advised her to not fashion Sally Bowles after Marlene Dietrich, but Louise Brooks instead. The look may have been Brooks, but the performance was pure Liza. 

In 1961 Liza’s mother, Judy Garland, brought her and her siblings onstage at Carnegie Hall- it was apparent to all then that Liza was a live performer. Liza’s high octane live shows are a thing of lore, and to see her in concert is to have seen, what many describe as, a tour de force. Tony Bennett became one of Liza’s early mentors, as was the late French Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, whom Liza has credited with teaching her how to inhabit a song. Liza single handedly created the one-woman television show, at a time when no one had done that: “I thought it was a good idea” Liza said “Someone told me that I couldn’t do that- and all of these rules, but you gotta try.” That show, Liza with a Z, won 4 Emmys and a Peabody award.

Through her movies, TV appearances, concerts and recordings, new generations are continuing to be inspired by Liza. She has appeared as herself on TV in Smash, The Voice: UK, So You Think You Can Dance, The Apprentice and more, and she is also known for her portrayal of Lucille Austero in the comedy series Arrested Development. Liza has dedicated much time to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, which was co-founded by Elizabeth Taylor. Liza has also supported the Great American Songbook Foundation, Broadway Cares, and The Actors Fund.

Liza Minnelli Photos


Concert [Broadway], 2008

Original Broadway Production, 1999

Original Broadway Production, 1995
Victoria Grant [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1984

Original Broadway Production, 1977
Michelle Craig

Original Broadway Production, 1975
Roxie Hart [Replacement]


Unknown, 1974

Original Broadway Production, 1965

Off-Broadway Revival, 1963
Ethel Hofflinger

Liza Minnelli Movies

[1963]The April in Paris Ball

[1965]The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood

[1968]Charlie Bubbles Eliza

[1969]The Sterile Cuckoo Pookie Adams

[1970]Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Junie Moon


[1972]Cabaret Sally Bowles

[1972]Journey Back to Oz Dorothy - Voice

[1974]Love from A to Z

[1975]Lucky Lady Claire

[1976]A Matter of Time Nina

[1976]Silent Movie Liza Minnelli

[1977]New York, New York Francine Evans

[1978]Movies Are My Life

[1979]Hello, Here Is Berlin

[1981]Arthur Linda Marolla

[1981]Marvin Hamlisch: They're Playing My Song

[1984]The Muppets Take Manhattan Liza Minnelli

[1985]A Time to Live Mary-Lou Weisman

[1987]Rent-a-Cop Della Roberts

[1988]Sam Found Out: A Triple Play Three Characters

[1988]Arthur 2: On the Rocks Linda Marolla Bach

[1991]Stepping Out Mavis Turner

[1993]Liza and Friends: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. Self - Host

[1994]Parallel Lives Stevie Merrill

[1995]The West Side Waltz Cara Varnum

[1995]Michael Feinstein: Sing a Song of Hollywood

[1999]Jackie's Back! Liza Minnelli

[2002]Killer Queen!

[2005]Judy Garland Duets

[2006]The Oh in Ohio Alyssa Donahue

[2006]Broadway Under the Stars

[2007]Singer's Spotlight

[2009]Liza's at the Palace

[2010]Sex and the City 2 Liza Minnelli

[2012]Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen

[2018]Die Wiener Stadthalle rockt! Pop Meets Classic zum 60. Jubiläum

Liza Minnelli TV Shows

That's Life Secretary

The Dick Cavett Show Francine Evans

Faerie Tale Theatre Princess Alecia

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Beth Harner

Drop Dead Diva Lily Wells

[ 2003-2013]Arrested Development Lucille Austero

Smash Liza Minnelli

[ 2018-2019]Arrested Development Lucille Austero

Liza Minnelli Videos

Liza Minnelli News

BSC IN NYC Gala to Feature Billy Stritch & More at The Green Room 42

Barrington Stage Company and Mary Ann & Bruno Quinson are celebrating Artistic Director Alan Paul and Managing Director Meredith Lynsey Schade’s inaugural season with the return of BSC IN NYC Gala on Monday, October 30 at The Green Room 42.

Stephanie J. Block to Release Debut Holiday Album MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARLING

Stephanie J. Block's debut holiday album will feature both secular and sacred seasonal classics, including a new song written for her by Club44 co-founder Wayne Haun and Tony-winning lyricist David Zippel – will be released on November 3, 2023.

Photos: Inside Frank DiLella's Birthday Celebration at Sardi's

Frank DiLella, theatre journalist and the eight-time Emmy Award winning host of “On Stage” on Spectrum News NY1, recently celebrated his birthday with a star-studded bash at Sardi's. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the night here!


The brilliant and undying talent of the legendary entertainer Judy Garland was celebrated at the Music Center at Strathmore in the memory-laden production Get Happy! Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial. Produced with the approval of daughter Liza Minnelli, this memorable show displayed the iconic talent of Judy Garland as interpreted and narrated by the wonderfully talented singer, pianist, and archivist Michael Feinstein.

Maude Maggart to Present New Show HERE COME THE DREAMERS at Birdland

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the singular cabaret artist Maude Maggart in the premiere of her new show “Here Come the Dreamers” on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 PM.

Bay Area Cabaret Reveals 2023-24 Season Lineup

Bay Area Cabaret has announced the 2023-24 season starring five exceptional and critically acclaimed cabaret, jazz and Broadway artists, all to be presented at the famed Venetian Room, Fairmont San Francisco, beginning Sunday, October 29 through Sunday, April 14. Learn more about the full season lineup here!

Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch Return to 54 Below in December

54 BELOW will welcome back War Paint star Christine Ebersole and piano virtuoso Billy Stritch in I’ll be Home For Christmas on December 12-17 at 7pm. Learn more about the concert and find out how to get tickets here!

Chita Rivera Conversation at NYPL Canceled Due to Illness

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts just announced that its special event 'Chita Rivera in Conversation with Memoir Co-author Patrick Pacheco' has been canceled this evening, September 18.

Feinstein's to Present Founder Michael Feinstein for Two-Night Engagement This Month

Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael will welcome Founder Michael Feinstein for a two-night engagement Sunday, September 24 and Monday, September 25.

Chicago's Cabaret Queen Denise Tomasello Receives Impresa Award

Chicago's Cabaret Queen Denise Tomasello receives the prestigious Impresa Award from the JCCIA Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, honoring her accomplishments as a Chicago Italian-American woman. Tomasello is known for her versatile musical talent and engaging performances, making her the one and only Cabaret Queen of Chicago.

Tony Danza, Nikki M. James, and More Join Jamie deRoy & Friends at Birdland Next Month

Jamie deRoy brings her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back to New York’s famed Birdland Jazz Club, Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.  Find out who the special guests are for the show, and get tickets here!

Birdland to Present AMANDA GREEN & FRIENDS Featuring Jenn Colella, Jarrod Spector, Jade Jones & More

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present two-time Tony-nominated and Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer Amanda Green on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 PM.

Cast Set For ANNE FRANK, A MUSICAL Off-Broadway

After a sold out debut in 2019 (at the Center for Jewish History), Anne Frank, a Musical, returns Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theatre. Learn more about the cast, and how to get tickets here!

Review: YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU at Footlights Theatre

One of the best intimate theater experiences of the year.

Al Hirschfeld Foundation to Launch Partnership With City Winery With Event & Exhibition HIRSCHFELD'S MUSIC

Discover the vibrant world of Al Hirschfeld's music-inspired artwork at City Winery's exciting new exhibition and multimedia event. Immerse yourself in the artist's iconic drawings and experience the magic of his talent brought to life.

Acclaimed Female Impersonator Randy Roberts Returns To Crazy Coqs In DRAG BECOMES HIM - AGING DISCRACEFULLY!

After sold out runs in 2018 and 2019, US female impersonator extraordinaire, Randy Roberts is returning to Crazy Coqs this month for three performances of his internationally acclaimed show, 'Drag Becomes Him - Aging Discracefully!, an old school classic drag show with a modern twist.

Which Actors Have Done Multiple Broadway Shows Together?

This time, the reader question was: which actors have done multiple Broadway shows together?

Trevor Ashley Returns to the West End Next Month

Trevor Ashley will lift the curtain on what really happens when you travel halfway across the world to shoot a reality television programme when you’re a control freak with absolutely no control!

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch Return to Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel

On Sunday, September 3, Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch will hold court at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel for the twelfth year, entertaining with their evening of swinging standards on Sunday nights from 9pm to midnight.

CHITA, UNA MEMORIA sale hoy a la venta en español

La leyenda de Broadway Chita Rivera publica hoy 29 de agosto sus memorias en español bajo el título CHITA.


Liza Minnelli has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

Liza Minnelli has not appeared in the West End

Liza Minnelli has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for her performance in "The Rink." She also received nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her roles in "The Rink," "The Act," and "Flora, the Red Menace." In addition, she was honored with a Special Tony Award. Minnelli's talent was recognized with a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for her work in "Best Foot Forward."

Liza Minnelli has won several awards throughout her career. She received the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her performances in "The Act" and "Flora, the Red Menace." Additionally, she was honored with a Special Tony Award. Minnelli also received the Theatre World Award for her performance in "Best Foot Forward."

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