Fast Facts

  • Godfather was lyricist Ira Gershwin and she was named after his song "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)." Her godmother was Kay Thompson, singer and author of the Eloise children's books.
  • Made film debut as a toddler in the 1949 musical In the Good Old Summertime, which starred her mother, Judy Garland.
  • Was once married to Jack Haley Jr, whose father played the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz.
  • At age 17, made off-Broadway debut in Best Foot Forward.
  • In 1963, she released her first solo album, Liza, Liza!
  • For her 2002 wedding to David Gest, Tito and Michael Jackson were best men and Elizabeth Taylor was one of 17 bridesmaids.
  • Became the first performer to win an Academy Award whose parents also both won Academy Awards (her father for directing Gigi; her mother, an honorary Oscar, for The Wizard of Oz).
  • Involved in numerous charitable efforts, including amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. She also served on the board of the The Institutes for The Achievement of Human Potential.

Awards

  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1965, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1974, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1969, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1984, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1972, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Performer in Music or Variety: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Single Program - Variety and Popular Music: Winner
  • 1970, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee

Relationships

  • Christiana Nina Minnelli — Half Sister
  • Jack Haley Jr. — Ex-husband
  • David Gest — Ex-husband
  • Mark Gero — Ex-husband
  • Judy Garland — Mother
  • Kay Thompson — Godparent
  • Lee Anderson Minnelli — Stepmother
  • Peter Allen — Ex-husband
  • Vincente Minnelli — Father
  • Ira Gershwin — Godparent
  • Joey Luft — Half Brother
  • Lorna Luft — Half Sister