Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cabaret actress and singer Liza Minnelli biography filmography

Liza May Minnelli (age 62) was born March 12, 1946. She is an actress and singer. She is the daughter of actress and singer Judy Garland and her second husband, Academy Award-winning film director Vincente Minnelli. In 1972, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Cabaret and two of her records have been certified gold.
song from movie Cabaret Money Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey

Cabaret is a 1972 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey. The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, before the rise of the Nazis under Adolf Hitler.
The film is loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret by Kander and Ebb, which was adapted from the Berlin stories of Christopher Isherwood and the play I Am a Camera which they inspired. Only a few numbers from the stage score were used; Kander and Ebb wrote new ones to replace those that were discarded. In the traditional manner of musical theater, characters in the stage version of Cabaret sing to express emotion and advance the plot, but in the film version, musical numbers are confined to the stage of the cabaret and to a beer garden. Aside from a chorus in the beer garden scene, only two of the film's major characters sing any songs. Cabaret film

Minnelli has been married and divorced four times; her husbands have been:
Peter Allen (real name Peter Allen Woolnough) (March 3, 1967–1972). Australian-born Allen, who died of complications from AIDS in 1992. Allen was Judy Garland's protégé in the mid-1960s.
Jack Haley Jr., (September 15, 1974–1979), a producer and director. His father, Jack Haley, was Garland's co-star in The Wizard of Oz.
Mark Gero (December 4, 1979–1992), a sculptor and stage manager
David Gest (March 16, 2002–July 25, 2003), a concert promoter.
Minnelli's divorce from Gest was particularly acrimonious. Gest alleged that Minnelli infected him with herpes and did not disclose it until after the wedding, whereas Minnelli claimed Gest was a drug addict.
The couple filed divorce papers in February 2007. Separation and subsequent divorce proceedings from Gest in 2003 had been fraught with controversy. Minnelli and Gest signed an agreement in January 2007 to end all pending lawsuits against each other, and to proceed with a no-fault divorce. Prior legal matters were either resolved or dismissed.
Minnelli has no children, having had three miscarriages; one attempted pregnancy left Minnelli with a hiatal hernia as a result of the medical steps taken to try to save the baby.
Minnelli was born in Hollywood, California into a well-known artistic family; her maternal lineage had entertainers in the family going back six generations. Her famous mother, Judy Garland, had success in film and in music, and her aunts had been part of a singing group, "The Gumm Sisters", with her mother. Her father, also from a theatrical family including circus performers, was an acclaimed film director Vincente Minnelli. Minnelli's first film appearance was at the age of three in the final scene of the 1949 musical In the Good Old Summertime, starring her mother and Van Johnson.
Although Minnelli and her mother shared a warm personal relationship, during the London Palladium performances Garland recognized Minnelli's talent and felt a sense of competition. Minnelli recalled a time where she was singing on stage: "I was onstage with my mother, but suddenly, she wasn't Mama ... she was Judy Garland.".
As a teenager with two younger siblings, Minnelli bore the brunt of Garland's substance abuse issues and instability, and often had to take responsibility for her mother and siblings. Minnelli's half-siblings through her mother are sister Lorna Luft and brother Joe "Joey" Luft. Her half-siblings are a result of Garland's marriage to her manager Sid Luft. She also has a half-sibling Christiane Nina Minnelli (nicknamed Tina Nina) through her father's second marriage.
She has also been portrayed in the Australian musical The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Broadway, she was portrayed by Broadway star Stephanie J. Block. The show received four Tony nominations.
She is also a well known childhood friend of actress Katy Manning.
In September 2006, she made a guest appearance on the long-running NBC drama Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Masquerade, the Halloween-themed episode, was written by Gina Gionfriddo and broadcast on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. She also completed guest vocals on My Chemical Romance's 2006 concept album The Black Parade, portraying "Mother War", a dark conception of the main character's mother, in the song "Mama".
Her latest project is the imminent release of a collection of songs that her godmother Kay Thompson originated. In 2007 she has added the songs to her latest tour to introduce them to audiences.
It has recently been announced that once she has completed the collection of songs that Kay Thompson originated and also her tour, she will begin filming Katie's Blues, which she is in negotiations with the writers of the movie musical Chicago in writing the script. Liza will write, produce, and star in the film.
Liza Minnelli filmography
1949 In the Good Old Summertime Baby uncredited
1954 The Long, Long Trailer Wedding Guest scenes deleted
1967 Charlie Bubbles Eliza
1969 The Sterile Cuckoo 'Pookie' (Mary Ann) Adams Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actress;
Nominated - BAFTA Award; Nominated - Golden Globe
1970 Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon Junie Moon
1972 Cabaret Sally Bowles Academy Award for Best Actress; BAFTA Award; Golden Globe
1974 Just One More Time Herself uncredited
That's Entertainment! Herself
Journey Back to Oz Dorothy voice
1975 Lucky Lady Claire Nominated - Golden Globe
1976 Silent Movie Herself
A Matter of Time Nina
1977 New York, New York Francine Evans Nominated - Golden Globe
1981 Arthur Linda Marolla Nominated - Golden Globe
1983 The King of Comedy Herself appears in gag cardboard cutout
1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan Herself
1985 That's Dancing! Herself - Host
1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night voice
Rent-A-Cop Della Roberts
1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks Linda Marolla Bach
1991 Stepping Out Mavis Turner
1994 A Century of Cinema Herself documentary
1995 Unzipped Herself - uncredited documentary
2006 The OH in Ohio Alyssa Donahue
2008 Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Herself documentary