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Liza Minnelli

 
Date Of Birth:
March 12, 1946 (76)
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: March 12, 1946 (76)

Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Bio:
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, ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 2008
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1999
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Victoria Grant [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1984
Angel
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1977
Michelle Craig
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Roxie Hart [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
1974
Performer
  [Broadway]
Unknown, 1974
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1965
Flora
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1963
Ethel Hofflinger

Liza Minnelli Movies

The April in Paris Ball
 
[1963]
The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood
 
[1965]
Little Red Riding Hood
Charlie Bubbles
 
[1968]
Eliza
The Sterile Cuckoo
 
[1969]
Pookie Adams
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
 
[1970]
Junie Moon
Movin'
 
[1970]
Cabaret
 
[1972]
Sally Bowles
Journey Back to Oz
 
[1972]
Dorothy - Voice
Love from A to Z
 
[1974]
Lucky Lady
 
[1975]
Claire
A Matter of Time
 
[1976]
Nina
Silent Movie
 
[1976]
Liza Minnelli
New York, New York
 
[1977]
Francine Evans
Movies Are My Life
 
[1978]
Hello, Here Is Berlin
 
[1979]
Arthur
 
[1981]
Linda Marolla
Marvin Hamlisch: They're Playing My Song
 
[1981]
The Muppets Take Manhattan
 
[1984]
Liza Minnelli
A Time to Live
 
[1985]
Mary-Lou Weisman
Rent-a-Cop
 
[1987]
Della Roberts
Sam Found Out: A Triple Play
 
[1988]
Three Characters
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
 
[1988]
Linda Marolla Bach
Stepping Out
 
[1991]
Mavis Turner
Liza and Friends: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr.
 
[1993]
Self - Host
Parallel Lives
 
[1994]
Stevie Merrill
The West Side Waltz
 
[1995]
Cara Varnum
Michael Feinstein: Sing a Song of Hollywood
 
[1995]
Jackie's Back!
 
[1999]
Liza Minnelli
Killer Queen!
 
[2002]
Judy Garland Duets
 
[2005]
The Oh in Ohio
 
[2006]
Alyssa Donahue
Broadway Under the Stars
 
[2006]
Singer's Spotlight
 
[2007]
Liza's at the Palace
 
[2009]
Sex and the City 2
 
[2010]
Liza Minnelli
Final Cut: Ladies & Gentlemen
 
[2012]
Die Wiener Stadthalle rockt! Pop Meets Classic zum 60. Jubiläum
 
[2018]

Liza Minnelli TV Shows

That's Life
 
[1968]
Secretary
The Dick Cavett Show
 
[1978]
Francine Evans
Faerie Tale Theatre
 
[1984]
Princess Alecia
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
 
[2006]
Beth Harner
Drop Dead Diva
 
[2009]
Lily Wells
Arrested Development
 
[2003-2013]
Lucille Austero
Smash
 
[2013]
Liza Minnelli
Arrested Development
 
[2018-2019]
Lucille Austero

Liza Minnelli Biography

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 ‚Äúcreated her.‚Ä̬†

Liza left home and moved to New York to become a Broadway performer. ‚ÄúTo 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‚ÄĚ When asked if having famous parents helped her career, Liza responded, ‚ÄúPeople don‚Äôt want to spend money on a publicity stunt- you have to deliver.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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: ‚ÄúI thought it was a good idea‚ÄĚ Liza said ‚ÄúSomeone told me that I couldn‚Äôt do that- and all of these rules, but you gotta try.‚ÄĚ 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 Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1984 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Liza Minnelli, The Rink
 
Tony Awards - 1984 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Liza Minnelli, The Rink
 
Tony Awards - 1978 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Liza Minnelli, The Act
 
Tony Awards - 1974 - Special Tony Award Gold Star
Liza Minnelli
 
Tony Awards - 1965 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Liza Minnelli , Flora, the Red Menace
 
Theatre World Awards - 1963 - Performance Gold Star
Liza Minnelli, Best Foot Forward

Liza Minnelli News

John-Andrew Morrison, Matt Saldivar, And More To Play 54 Below Next Week Photo John-Andrew Morrison, Matt Saldivar, And More To Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 28, 2023

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

Nicolas King to Perform at Birdland Theater in February Photo Nicolas King to Perform at Birdland Theater in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2023

BIRDLAND THEATER will present Nicolas King ‚Äď the celebrated pop and jazz vocalist on Thursday, February 9 at 8:30 PM.

Alan Cumming Returns OBE, Citing 'Toxicity' in the British Empire Photo Alan Cumming Returns OBE, Citing 'Toxicity' in the British Empire
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2023

Alan Cumming has taken to Instagram to reveal that he has returned his OBE, due to his feelings about the 'toxicity' of the British Empire.

Julie Benko, Amanda Green & More to Perform at Birdland in February Photo Julie Benko, Amanda Green & More to Perform at Birdland in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 26, 2023

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this February with a full slate of nightly performances! See Julie Benko, Amanda Green, and many more.

Rickie Lee Jones to Present PIECES OF TREASURE in Six-Show Engagement at Birdland Photo Rickie Lee Jones to Present PIECES OF TREASURE in Six-Show Engagement at Birdland
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 23, 2023

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present an exclusive six-show engagement from Rickie Lee Jones to preview her upcoming album Pieces of Treasure from Thursday, April 6 to Saturday, April 8 with shows at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM.

Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera! Photo Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 23, 2023

On January 23, we celebrate the 90th birthday of a theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents... the one and only Chita Rivera!

Bernadette Peters Replaces Kelli O'Hara in Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit Photo Bernadette Peters Replaces Kelli O'Hara in Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit
by Stephi Wild - Jan 23, 2023

Bernadette Peters is stepping in to headline the Manhattan Theatre Club Winter Benefit this evening at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Peters replaces the previously announced Kelli O'Hara. Due to a positive COVID diagnosis, O'Hara is unable to perform at the MTC benefit this evening.

Listen: Scott Wittman Talks SOME LIKE IT HOT and More on LITTLE KNOWN FACTS Photo Listen: Scott Wittman Talks SOME LIKE IT HOT and More on LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Jan 23, 2023

Little Known Facts is a weekly podcast hosted by stage and film actress Ilana Levine. This week's episode features Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winning lyricist, director, writer, and conceiver, Scott Wittman! Scott discussed his career, and his most recent Broadway project, Some Like It Hot, on the podcast.

54 CELEBRATES MEL BROOKS, Brian Letendre, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week Photo 54 CELEBRATES MEL BROOKS, Brian Letendre, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 20, 2023

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. 

World Premiere of Ellen McLaughlin's KISSING THE FLOOR to Open at Theatre Row in Febr Photo World Premiere of Ellen McLaughlin's KISSING THE FLOOR to Open at Theatre Row in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 20, 2023

One Year Lease Theater Company will present the world premiere of Ellen McLaughlin‚Äôs KISSING THE FLOOR, directed by Ianthe Demos, with movement direction by Natalie Lomonte, running Off-Broadway February 23 ‚Äď March 12, 2023 in a limited engagement at Theatre Row.

Liza Minnelli Videos

Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera! Videoplay
Video: Happy Birthday, Chita Rivera!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 23, 2023

On January 23, we celebrate the 90th birthday of a theatrical icon and one of Broadway's greatest triple-threat talents... the one and only Chita Rivera!

VIDEO: Watch Jessica Vosk Sing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' from GET HAPP Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Jessica Vosk Sing 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' from GET HAPPY at Carnegie Hall

by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 24, 2022

Watch Jessica Vosk perform 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' from GET HAPPY: A JUDY GARLAND CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION at Carnegie Hall.

VIDEO: Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein Perform 'Our Love is Here to Stay' by Geor Videoplay
VIDEO: Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein Perform 'Our Love is Here to Stay' by George Gershwin

by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2022

On July 9, Michael Feinstein performed a special concert at The Arboretum in Los Angeles, where he performed the songs of George Gershwin. On stage, he was joined by surprise guest Liza Minnelli, who performed 'Our Love is Here to Stay' alongside Feinstein. Watch the video here!

VIDEO: Cristin Milioti Talks Meeting Liza Minnelli & Joe Biden at ONCE on the TONIGHT Videoplay
VIDEO: Cristin Milioti Talks Meeting Liza Minnelli & Joe Biden at ONCE on the TONIGHT SHOW

by Michael Major - Apr 26, 2022

Last night, Cristin Milioti looked back on her experience in Once on Broadway for its 10th anniversary with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show. Milioti also discussed the time she mistook Joe Biden for Beyonce and Jay-Z, when Liza Minnelli came to see Once, and the possibility of playing Cher in a biopic.

VIDEO: Liza Minnelli Appears on CBS Sunday Morning Videoplay
VIDEO: Liza Minnelli Appears on CBS Sunday Morning

by Marissa Tomeo - Jan 16, 2022

CBS Sunday Morning reporter Jane Pauley interviewed Liza Minnelli this morning, discussing her famous parents, her legacy, collaborators throughout her career, awards, and inspirations. The special also features performances with Minnelli's 'best friend and confidant', Michael Feinstein, on piano and Liza herself on vocals.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from RHONY's Luann de Lesseps' A VERY COUNTESS CHRISTMAS Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Highlights from RHONY's Luann de Lesseps' A VERY COUNTESS CHRISTMAS

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 3, 2021

Yes, the rumors are true! Everyone's favorite Countess is back at Feinstein's/54 Below for an evening of festive glitz and glamour. If there's anything that's a guaranteed good time, it's seeing LuAnn de Lesseps, star of one of the most successful franchises in television history, 'The Real Housewives of New York.'

VIDEO: Bob Mackie Talks His Legendary Career and New Book on Backstage Live with Rich Videoplay
VIDEO: Bob Mackie Talks His Legendary Career and New Book on Backstage Live with Richard Ridge

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 17, 2021

The Art of Bob Mackie is the first-ever comprehensive and fully authorized book showcasing Mackie's work, from his early days as a sketch artist for the legendary Edith Head at Paramount to his current, cutting-edge costumes for pop stars and line of accessible, wearable clothing for QVC. In addition to hundreds of glorious photos and dozens of dishy recollections from Mackie and his many muses, this gorgeous volume features never-before-seen sketches from throughout his prolific career. Watch as Mackie reminisces about his extensive career and reflects on the new book!

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings and Signs from SPRING AWAKENING Videoplay
VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Sings and Signs from SPRING AWAKENING

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2021

Seth Rudetsky and Krysta Rodriguez, the next guest on The Seth Concert Series, are sharing a look into rehearsal as Krysta sings and signs 'Blue Wind' from Spring Awakening!

VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! Videoplay
VIDEO: Krysta Rodriguez Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 5, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Broadway favorite Krysta Rodriguez, who will soon join Seth Rudetsky for Seth's Concert Series, airing Sunday, November 7 at 8pm ET.

VIDEO: Watch Liza Minnelli Take the Stage to Sing a Gershwin Classic Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Liza Minnelli Take the Stage to Sing a Gershwin Classic

by Stage Tube - Jul 20, 2021

'I haven't sung in three years!' said Liza Minnelli to an adoring crowd at Feinstein's at Vitello's. The living legend stopped by the famed LA supperclub last week, where she performed on stage with Michael Feinstein himself. Watch below as she sings the Gershwin classic- 'Embraceable You.'


Liza Minnelli Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Liza Minnelli been in?
Liza Minnelli has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Liza Minnelli been in?
Liza Minnelli has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Liza Minnelli been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Rink , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Rink , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Act , Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Flora, the Red Menace and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Best Foot Forward .

What awards has Liza Minnelli won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Act, Special Tony Award (Tony Awards) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Flora, the Red Menaceand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Best Foot Forward.