Mar. 12th, 1946
Los Angeles, California, USA
Liza Minnelli's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, the daughter of Judy Garland (I) 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 (I), 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.
- When she was young she befriended 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv).
- For her first network TV appearance, on "The Jack Paar Program" in March of 1963, she was billed as the somewhat exotic sounding Yduj Dnalrag...Judy Garland spelled backwards!.
- Half-sister Christiane moved to Mexico and is the mother of two grown children. She attended Liza's wedding to 'David Gest' (qv) in 2003.
- Became pregnant during her marriage to 'Jack Haley Jr.' (qv), but suffered a miscarriage five months into the pregnancy.
- Her mother 'Judy Garland (I)' (qv) was pregnant with her while filming her minor role in _Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)_ (qv). In order to hide her pregnant stomach she was hidden behind stacks of dishes while singing "Look For The Silver Lining".
- In 1972, after winning the Academy Award for _Cabaret (1972)_ (qv), 'Marlene Dietrich' (qv) said about her: "I'm annoyed when people keep comparing her to her mother ['Judy Garland (I)' (qv)]. She's nothing to do with her mother. She's a completely different woman. The film _Cabaret (1972)_ (qv) is a great hit for her and that's all one wants.".
- Reports that she adopted a three-year-old daughter named Serena, with then-husband 'David Gest' (qv) 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 (I)' (qv).