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Liza Minnelli Biography

Birth Name:
Liza May Minnelli
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession
Actor, singer, dancer

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

  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1973Emmy-Outstanding Achievement by a Supporting Performer in Music or Variety: nominated
  • 1973Emmy-Outstanding Single Program - Variety and Popular Music: winner
  • 1973BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: winner
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1971BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1970Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1969Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated