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Also Known As: Liza May Minnelli Died:
Born: March 12, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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A multiple award-winning legend, Liza Minnelli moved beyond the long shadow cast by her mother, Judy Garland, with an accomplished and prolific career of her own. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, it came as little surprise when Liza followed in her mother's footsteps. Already a Tony-winning Broadway performer, Minnelli won an Oscar for her role as bohemian chanteuse Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" (1972) and followed with the Emmy-winning "Liza with a Z" (NBC, 1972) television special. Her marriage to singer-songwriter Peter Allen ended in 1974, and would be just the first of Minnelli's romantic relationships with men rumored to be homosexual. It was Allen who penned the Oscar-winning theme song to Minnelli's next film, the comedy classic "Arthur" (1981), starring Dudley Moore. Although beloved by fans, the vulnerable performer suffered from addictions to alcohol and pills, much as her mother had, eventually seeking rehab for her issues. Ever the survivor, Minnelli continued to record and perform, reaching a new generation of fans with the concert special "Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall" (PBS, 1992) and again with a hilarious recurring role as an over-sexed socialite on the acclaimed...

A multiple award-winning legend, Liza Minnelli moved beyond the long shadow cast by her mother, Judy Garland, with an accomplished and prolific career of her own. The daughter of Hollywood royalty, it came as little surprise when Liza followed in her mother's footsteps. Already a Tony-winning Broadway performer, Minnelli won an Oscar for her role as bohemian chanteuse Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" (1972) and followed with the Emmy-winning "Liza with a Z" (NBC, 1972) television special. Her marriage to singer-songwriter Peter Allen ended in 1974, and would be just the first of Minnelli's romantic relationships with men rumored to be homosexual. It was Allen who penned the Oscar-winning theme song to Minnelli's next film, the comedy classic "Arthur" (1981), starring Dudley Moore. Although beloved by fans, the vulnerable performer suffered from addictions to alcohol and pills, much as her mother had, eventually seeking rehab for her issues. Ever the survivor, Minnelli continued to record and perform, reaching a new generation of fans with the concert special "Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall" (PBS, 1992) and again with a hilarious recurring role as an over-sexed socialite on the acclaimed comedy series "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Still going strong, she made a triumphant return to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning "Liza's at the Palace...!" in 2008 and continued to perform live for her devoted fans. After more than 50 years on stage and screen, Minnelli had truly earned her reputation as one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Oh in Ohio, The (2006)
4.
 Jackie's Back! (1999)
5.
 Unzipped (1995) Herself
6.
 West Side Waltz, The (1995) Cara Varnum
7.
 Parallel Lives (1994) Stevie Merrill
8.
 Stepping Out (1991) Mavis Turner
10.
 Arthur 2: On The Rocks (1988) Linda Marolla Bach
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Milestones close milestones

1948:
First film appearance, as a baby in the crowd at the finale of "Easter Parade", starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire
1949:
Made second film appearance in "In the Good Old Summertime", playing her mother's daughter at the end of the film
1956:
Began making guest appearances as a variety performer on TV series and specials
1961:
Stage debut in summer stock production of "Wish You Were Here" (Hyannisport, MA)
1962:
Toured in "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1963:
Off-Broadway debut in revival of "Best Foot Forward"
1963:
Made frequent appearances on her mother's CBS variety series, "The Judy Garland Show"
1964:
Released first solo album, "Liza! Liza!"
1965:
First starring role in a TV special, "The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood"
1965:
Broadway debut, "Flora, the Red Menace"
1967:
Film acting debut, "Charlie Bubbles"
1972:
First TV special as headliner, "Liza With a Z"
1972:
Had one of her best screen roles as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret"; won Academy Award as Best Actress
1975:
Assumed the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of "Chicago", replacing an ailing Gwen Verdon
1976:
Directed by her father Vincente Minnelli in "A Matter of Time", co-starring Ingrid Bergman
1977:
Starred opposite Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's "New York, New York"
1978:
Co-starred in the Broadway musical "The Act"; directed by Scorsese
1981:
Cast as the leading lady to Dudley Moore in the comedy "Arthur"
1984:
Co-starred with Chita Rivera in the Broadway musical "The Rink"
1985:
Made TV dramatic debut in telefilm "A Time to Live"
1988:
Toured with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr
1995:
Underwent hip replacement surgery
1995:
Co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in the CBS TV-movie "The West Side Waltz"
1996:
Released first studio album in years "Gently"
1997:
Replaced Julie Andrews in Broadway production of "Victor/Victoria" for one month
1997:
Underwent throat surgery
1999:
Returned to live performing with a limited run at Broadway's Palace Theater in "Minnelli on Minnelli", a concert paying tribute to her father
2000:
Underwent second surgery for hip replacement
2000:
In October, hospitalized with encephalitis
2001:
Reportedly once again underwent back and hip surgery
2002:
Announced European tour commencing in April
2004:
Appeared as a recurring character on Fox's "Arrested Development" as Lucille Austero, the lover of Buster Bluth and his brother GOB Bluth
2008:
Returned to the NY stage in her headlining show "Liza's at the Palace"
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for <i>Liza's at The Palace</i>
2010:
Cast as an outrageous drama teacher in the ABC sitcom, "Ugly Betty"
2010:
Made a memorable cameo (as herself) in "Sex and the City 2," performing a cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
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Education

Scarsdale High School: Scarsdale , New York -
Sorbonne, University of Paris: -
HB Studio: New York , New York -
Beverly Hills Hawthorne School: Beverly Hills , California -
Chadwick Boarding School: -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1964

Notes

"I got my drive from my mom, and I got my dreams from my father." --Liza Minnelli (in one-woman musical revue, "Stepping Out at Radio City", 1991)

"I've had the weirdest career in the world anyway. It's just like a pinball machine. That's because I keep trying new things." --Minnelli to USA Today, April 16, 1996

In January 2000, she was honored by NYC's The Drama League.

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2001.

VH-1 planned a reality series built around celebrity dinner parties at the home of newlyweds Liza Minnelli and David Gest. But just after shooting one episode, VH-1 cancelled the showing stating, "Liza's amazing, but we were not given the cooperation needed to make the show happen."

Minnelli sued David Guest for $2 Million, claiming he mismanaged her career, while acting as her agent. This came 3 weeks afterGest sued Minnelli for divorce, claiming she beat him and demand $10 million in damages.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Peter Allen. Has two, both older.
husband:
Peter Allen. Singer, songwriter. Half of "Chris and Peter Allen" duo; married in 1967; divorced in 1974; died of complications from AIDS in 1992.
companion:
Peter Sellers. Younger.
companion:
Peter Sellers. Actor.
companion:
Desi Arnaz Jr. Actor.
companion:
Desi Arnaz Jr. Was married and divorced a second time.
husband:
Jack Haley Jr. Has two children.
husband:
Jack Haley Jr. Filmmaker, executive. Married on September 6, 1974; separated in 1978; divorced in 1979; died on April 21, 2001.
companion:
Martin Scorsese. Director. Involved during the filming of "New York, New York" and production of the Broadway musical "The Act".
companion:
Martin Scorsese. Construction worker.
husband:
Mark Gero. Sculptor. Born c. 1952; married on December 4, 1979; divorced on January 27, 1992 (on grounds that he abandoned Minnelli on November 1, 1990).
husband:
Mark Gero. Surgeon.
husband:
David Gest. Producer. Born c. 1953; became engaged in November 2001; married on March 16, 2002; separated July 2003; divorce papers filed in October 2003.
husband:
David Gest. Married c. 1980.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Judy Garland. Divorced; some sources indicate she has been married five times.
mother:
Judy Garland. Actor, singer. Born on June 10, 1922; died of an overdose of sleeping pills on June 22, 1969.
father:
Vincente Minnelli. Had three; survived him.
father:
Vincente Minnelli. Director, designer. Born on February 28, 1903; died on July 25, 1986.
half-sister:
Lorna Luft. Actor, singer. Born on November 21, 1952; mother, Judy Garland; father, Sid Luft.
half-sister:
Lorna Luft. Had two.
half-brother:
Joey Luft. Born on March 29, 1955 mother, Judy Garland; father, Sid Luft.
half-brother:
Joey Luft. Had 12 older siblings.
half-sister:
Christinane Nina Minnelli. Survived him.
half-sister:
Christinane Nina Minnelli. Born on May 20, 1955; father Vincente Minnelli, mother Georgette Magnani.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Under the Rainbow: The Real Liza Minnelli" Birch Lane Press

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