LIZA MINNELLI BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Liza Minnelli was born on March 12th, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, born to actress and singer extraordinaire Judy Garland having herself become famous at an early age starring in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and acclaimed film director, Vincente Minnelli. Being raised in Los Angeles and always exposed to the entertainment industry, it was no wonder by only fourteen months old she was already making her film debut in, "In the Good Old Summertime" (1949). She received her high school education at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
She first began her career as an entertainer performing a nightclub act and then she began traveling to such cities as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami performing her act. Later her parents divorced and she relocated to New York City to try and find work as a stage actress.
Her first television appearance was on, "The Art Linkletter Show" in 1954. She did not work on another film until 1964 in, "Mr. Broadway". Not only was she slowly beginning to make a name for herself as an actress, her success from her live singing and touring also helped to gain her popularity and she began recording a number of albums with Capital Records such as, "Liza! Liza!" (1964), "It Amazes Me" (1965) , "There Is a Time" (1966) and "Liza Minnelli" (1968).
Liza Minnelli had quite a large fan base and now with her stage experience, music experience and little film, she began to add more prominent film credits to her resume such as, "Best Foot Forward" and "The Sterile Cuckoo" (1969), a role for which she received her first Academy Award nomination.
Minnelli then won an Oscar for her role in the film, "Cabaret" (1972) followed by more successful film roles in, "A Matter of Time" (1976), "Lucky Lady" (1975), "A Matter of Time" (1976), "New York, New York" (1977), "Arthur" (1982) and "Arthur 2: On the Rock" (1988).
Although she was now a working actress she never neglected her singing career and during the mid 1970's, Minnelli released more albums, "Come Saturday Morning", "New Feelin'", "The Singer" and "Tropical Nights" working with A& M Records as well as Columbia Records.
She continues to release music with some of her more recent albums, "Gently" (1996) for which she earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. In 2010 she released the album, "Confessions" with Decca Records.
Her most recent acting appearances have been in the film, "The Sex and the City 2" (2010) making a cameo appearance as herself and on the television series, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2006), "Drop Dead Diva" (2009) and soon to release her latest film role in, "Arrested Development".
Minnelli also has also worked as a producer in 1992 on, "Liza Minnelli Live from Radio City Music Hall" which was a television documentary. She has performed live at many concerts and on many other television programs.
In addition to her many film roles and successful albums, she has also remained working in the industry turning her focus later in life to stage performing. Some stage credits she has added to her resume are in such productions as, "Flora, the Red Menace", "The Act" and "The Rink" for which she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She also performed in the Broadway show, "Lisa's at the Palace…!" which earned a Tony Award for Best Theatrical Event.
In 2000 she was diagnosed with viral encephalitis and was told she would be confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of her life, however, Minnelli refused to believe this and she took vocal and dance lessons and overcame the illness.
Liza Minnelli was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to live theatre. Over the course of her career in the entertainment industry she has won a total of four Tony Awards, two Golden Globes, a Grammy Legend Award, and an Emmy, Oscar and Special Tony Award.
Although she has had for the most part a highly successful career, she has remained in the public limelight for such issues as drug abuse, health issues and her many failed marriages. In total, she has married four different men. Her first husband was Peter Allen whom she wed in 1967 and divorced in 1974. She then married Jack Haley Jr. in 1974 but by 1979, this marriage also came to an end. Her third husband was Mark Gero from 1979 through 1992. She suffered three miscarriages during this marriage. Finally, she married her fourth time to David Gest in 2002, however once again, another marriage was unsuccessful ending in divorce in 2007.
Liza never had any children of her own, but is still involved in a number of charities that assist children such as serving on the board of directors for The institutes for The Achievement of Human Potential which is a non profit organization that educated parents about child brain development. She is also involved with the organization, amfAR which assists in AIDS research.
2013 Arrested Development
2009 Drop Dead Diva
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2006 The Oh in Ohio
2003-2005 Arrested Development
1995 The West Side Waltz
1994 Parallel Lives
1991 Stepping Out
1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
1988 Sam Found Out: A Triple Play
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1985 A Time to Live
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre
1977 New York, New York
1976 A Matter of Time
1975 Lucky Lady
1974 Journey Back to Oz
1970 Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
1969 The Sterile Cuckoo
1968 That's Life
1967 Charlie Bubbles
1965 The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood
1964 Mr. Broadway
1949 In the Good Old Summertime