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Summary Article: Minnelli, Liza May
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ US singer and actress

Born in Los Angeles, the daughter of director Vincente Minnelli (1910-86) and Judy Garland, she first appeared on screen in her mother's film In The Good Old Summertime (1949) and acted in a school production of The Diary of Anne Frank (1960). She made her off-Broadway debut in Best Foot Forward (1963) and became the youngest actress to win a Tony award, for Flora, the Red Menace (1965). Seen on television and in cabaret, her vibrant voice and emotionally charged renditions brought comparisons with Garland. Roles in films like The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) revealed her dramatic skills and in 1972 she won an Academy Award for Cabaret; a television special, Liza with a Z (1972), confirmed her versatility. Subsequent dramatic appearances include New York, New York (1977), the television film A Time to Live (1985) and Victor-Victoria on Broadway in 1997. In recent years she has appeared in Minnelli on Minnelli (2000, a tribute to her father), Liza's Back! (2002) and Tony award-winning Liza's At The Palace…! (2008). Her private life has often seemed as volatile as her mother's, but she remains a successful recording artist and concert performer.

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