Clutching the hand of her estranged half sister Lorna Luft
, Liza Minnelli
was released from a Fort Lauderdale hospital Monday after a bout with viral encephalitis. "I didn't mind nearly dying now that it's brought me back with my sister," the 54-year-old entertainer told the New York Post
. Minnelli and Luft, who hadn't spoken in six years, reconciled earlier this month when Minnelli fell ill.