Liza Minnelli: American actress and singer
– My mother gave me the drive, but my father gave me my dreams –
• Considered one of the divas in the history of musicals.
• Movies : Cabaret, Arthur the Golden Bachelor…
• Genres : Pop and Jazz
• Awards : Oscar (1973), Golden Globe (1973), BAFTA (1973), Emmy (1973) …
• Name : Liza May Minnelli
American actress and singer. She became popular for her role as Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse’s musical film Cabaret (1972) and for her performance in the television special Liza with a “Z.” She is the winner of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award, among others.
“What my parents gave me was a great sense of humor”
Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, in Los Angeles , California.
Daughter of actress Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli . She stepsister of singer-actress Lorna Luft; from Joey, from Garland’s marriage to Sid Luft, and from Christiane Nina Minnelli, from her father’s second marriage.
She was given the name “Liza” after the George Gershwin song “Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn.
After her parents divorced, when Liza was five years old, she went on to live six months a year with her father and the other six with her mother, becoming a kind of caregiver for Garland, who suffered from depression and pill addiction punctuated by attempts to suicide.
He attended fourteen different schools before moving to New York at the age of sixteen to attend the High School of Performing Arts and the Chadwick School. During that time she even slept one night on a park bench. Her parents refused to give her financial support.
At the age of three, she made her first screen appearance in In the Good Old Summertime (1949) in the final scene of the musical that co-starred her mother; At seven she took to the Broadway stage in the musical Swanee , also starring her mother, and she was the youngest actress to win a Tony Award , for Red Menace (1965), at the age of nineteen.
Her dramatic roles in such films as Charlie Bubbles (1967), Alan J. Pakula ‘s The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) for which she received her first Oscar nomination, and Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970) revealed her as expert in marginal interpretations. She won an Oscar for best actress for Cabaret (1972) directed by Bob Fosse in which she played Sally Bowles. Her songs Mein Herr, Money, money, Cabaret and Maybe this time become inescapable in her repertoire.
Other dramatic work included New York, New York (1977) with Robert De Niro , Stepping Out (1991), the Arthur films with Dudley Moore in West Side Waltz for television (1995).
In 1988-89, he substituted for an ailing Dean Martin in a series of live concerts featuring Martin and his Rat Pack cohorts Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis , Jr. The three men had enjoyed a close friendship with her mother, Judy Garland, and with Minnelli since her birth. She also worked for Julie Andrews on the Broadway show Victor/Victoria . In 1999 he admitted that he was struggling to overcome his substance addiction problems while preparing for his 2000 Broadway comeback in a show called Minnelli in Minelli . In 2002, he presented in New York and London his musical show
Liza’s Back . She made guest appearances on the television series Arrested Development (in 2004 and 2005) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (in 2006).
In December 2008 she presented her musical show De Ella Liza’s at The Palace…! staying in theaters until January 2009. In 2010, she appeared in the movie Sex and the City . In July 2011, she performed at the Olympia Theater in Paris and was awarded the Legion of Honor .
In 1972, she won an Oscar for best actress with the movie Cabaret; She also won three Broadway Tony Awards, an Emmy , two Golden Globes , a British BAFTA and a Grammy Legend Award.
Addictions and Diseases
Much of his professional and personal life was conditioned by his addiction to alcohol and other drugs, as was also the case with his mother, Judy Garland. She underwent several detoxification cures. In 1984 she left the musical The Rink to rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic.
She underwent hip, knee, back and vocal cord surgery. After collapsing in the middle of a performance in Stockholm, she broke four teeth. In the year 2000 she contracted encephalitis. In March 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, for which she underwent surgery twice.
She married actor Peter Allen on March 3, 1967; they divorced on July 4, 1974. In September 1996, Minnelli stated, “I married Peter and he didn’t tell me he was gay. Everyone knew but me.” On September 15 of that same year, she married producer Jack Haley, Jr. They divorced in April 1979.
She remarried sculptor Mark Gero on December 4, 1979 and they were together until their divorce in January 1992.
Remarried on March 16, 2002 to concert promoter David Gest, divorced again in April 2007 (they had been separated since July 2003).
She also had relationships with Roca Brynner, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Peter Sellers , and Martin Scorsese .