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Liza Minnelli Biography

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Born: 1946/03/12
Birth Place: Hollywood, California, United States
Genres: Cast Recordings/Cabaret, Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Vocals

Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) is an American singer and actress. She is the daughter of entertainer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.

Already established as a nightclub singer and a musical theatre actress, she first attracted critical acclaim for her dramatic performances in the movies ''The Sterile Cuckoo'' (1969) and ''Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon'' (1970). Minnelli rose to international stardom for her appearance as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical ''Cabaret'', a role that brought her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

While film projects such as ''Lucky Lady'', ''A Matter of Time'' and ''New York, New York'' were less favorably received than her stage roles, Minnelli found herself as one of the most versatile, highly regarded and best-selling entertainers in television, beginning with ''Liza with a Z'' in 1972, and on stage in the Broadway productions ''Flora the Red Menace, The Act'' and ''The Rink''. Minnelli continued to dominate with international concert tours and appearances such as ''Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall'', ''Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event'', and ''Liza Live from Radio City Music Hall''.

After years of continued health problems including a serious bout with viral encephalitis, she returned with a new concert show ''Liza's Back'' in 2002, well regarded guest appearances in the sitcom ''Arrested Development'' and a small role in the movie ''The OH in Ohio'', as well as worldwide concert tours. In 2008/09 she performed the Broadway show ''Liza's at The Palace...!'' which earned a Tony Award. Minnelli is set to tour in 2010.

Minnelli has a total of three Tony Awards (including a Special Tony), an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field (making her one of only twelve people to have won an EGOT), along with many other honors and awards.