Liza Minnelli
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Liza Minnelli was born on 12th March 1946, in Los Angeles, USA to actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, responsible for such classics as Meet Me in St. Louis and An American in Paris. Her first performing experience on film was at age 3 where she appeared in the final scene of the 1949 musical In The Good Old Summertime. She began her professional career aged, 16, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical “Best Foot Forward,” for which she received rapturous notices and her first award, the Theatre World Award. It would be the first among many show business honours.
Minnelli starred in the first concert ever filmed live for television in 1972. The seminal Liza with a Z produced a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Programme and the prestigious Peabody Award. It has been released in recent years on DVD and aired on Showtime. In between her many TV and film roles, she has never stopped touring and setting records at the most prestigious venues, from the Palladium in London and Opera House in Sydney, to the Olympia Theatre in Paris and New York’s Carnegie Hall, where one of Minnelli’s greatest triumphs was her unprecedented three-week concert engagement in 1987. She was the first entertainer in the hall’s history to completely sell-out three weeks of appearances. On closing night the police had to disperse the crowd when they refused to leave the auditorium following multiple encores. Both of these concerts were recorded and are among the music industry’s most highly praised live concert recordings. Minnelli emerged as a dramatic television actress in the made-for-TV drama, A Time to Live, where she starred in the touching story as the mother of a child with muscular dystrophy. The role won Minnelli her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and universal acclaim from television critics and writers around the world. She performed at Manhattan’s famed Radio City Music Hall in 1991, where she played to packed houses for three weeks, followed by a return engagement. The show was called, Stepping Out, after the film of the same name, which was released around the same time. She stunned audiences around the world, including London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall, with the sold-out show.
She returned to Broadway in December 1999 to pay tribute to her father in a show called Minnelli on Minnelli at New York’s Palace Theatre. Shortly after the CD of Minnelli on Minnelli was released in February 2000, shewas hospitalized for encephalitis. She was told she would never walk, talk, dance or sing again. But Minnelli’s incredible will, determination and relentless hard work proved the doctors wrong, and by June 2002, she was back on stage at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Her triumphant comeback CD entitled Liza’s Back! was released in October 2002, and she was seen the following year as Lucille Austero on TV’s critically acclaimed Arrested Development.
She made a triumphant return to Broadway in 2008 with Liza’s at the Palace … which went on to win the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, it was Millenni’s fourth Tony. She recreated the show at the MGM Grand where her performance was filmed for a public television special and a DVD. The show’s cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Throughout her lifetime Millenni has supported various charities and causes. She served on the board of directors of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for 20 years. She also has dedicated much time to amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1994, Minnelli recorded the Kander & Ebb tune “The Day After That” and donated the proceeds to AIDS research. That same year she performed the song in front of hundreds of thousands in Central Park at the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Liza Minnelli – Mein Herr Cabaret