Liza Minnelli was born into the spotlight. Born on March 12, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, she is the daughter of Judy Garland, the star of the critically acclaimed 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Minnelli's career got off to a running start when, as a three-year-old, Liza appeared as a toddler alongside her mother in the 1949 film, In the Good Old Summertime. Minnelli began her professional career as a 17-year-old in the Off-Broadway production of Best Foot Forward. She gained acclaim for the role, for which she received a Theatre World Award. Also contributing to her fame was a performance with her mother at the London Palladium, which set up a future music career, and her Leading Actress Tony Award for her role in Flora the Red Menace.
Minnelli's Broadway success made her an internationally soughtafter star. She moved into film, starring in several movies such as the British film Charlie Bubbles, The Sterile Cuckoo, and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon. In 1972, Minnelli starred in her most defining role to date as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Loosely based off the stage musical of the same name, Sally Bowles is an American singer at the Kit Kat Club, a Berlin establishment. The film explores the relationship between Bowles and Englishman Brian Roberts during a time when the Nazi party is slowly growing in power in the Weimar Republic. The film garnered Minnelli the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actress. She appeared in a number of movies and television shows after Cabaret, most famously reviving her signature song in the film New York, New York. She also appeared in A Matter of Time, Rent-A-Cop, and Stepping Out.
In additional to film, Liza Minnelli concerts have been a big draw throughout her career. One of the most successful of these was the "Liza With a 'Z'" live show, which was later aired on television in 1972 and released on DVD in 2006. The bulk of Liza Minnelli's discography consists of soundtracks and live shows, but it has also included traditional studio albums as well. Popular albums released by Minnelli include the soundtrack to Cabaret, Results, Liza's Back, Tropical Nights, and the soundtrack to New York New York, including the eponymous song which became the song most connected with the performer.
Liza Minnelli has been a frequent guest star on television shows ranging from The Carol Burnett Show to The Muppet Show to her latest television guest star appearance on Arrested Development. She has also been a popular guest of the talk show circuit, appearing on shows by Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and Johnny Carson, among others. Minnelli has been married and divorced four times, first to songwriter Peter Allen from 1967-1974, next to director and producer Jack Haley, Jr., from 1974-1979, then sculptor Mark Gero from 1979-1992, and finally concert promoter David Gest from 2002-2003. She has received numerous awards from the various entertainment organizations over the course of her career.