Birth Date: March 12, 1946 / Age: 69
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Biography: Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and her second husband, acclaimed film director Vincente Minnelli.
Minnelli's first film appearance was in the final scene of the 1949 musical In the Good Old Summertime, starring her mother and Van Johnson. Liza started performing at age of sixteen, in 1963, on Broadway, in a revival of the musical Best Foot Forward, for which she received good notices. The next year, her mother invited her to perform with her at the London Palladium. The audience loved her, and her musical career was born. She returned to Broadway at nineteen, and won a 1965 Tony Award for Flora the Red Menace. She also received Tony Awards for The Act in 1978 and a special Tony in 1974. She was nominated in 1984 for The Rink but lost to her costar Chita Rivera.
Further success and awards
The film The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) garnered her her first Academy Award nomination. In 1972, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Cabaret. Minnelli has the distinction of being the only Academy Award winner whose parents are both Academy Award winners. Most recently she has appeared as a recurring guest star on the critically acclaimed TV sitcom Arrested Development. She has also won an Emmy Award for the 1972 TV special Liza with a Z.
Minnelli has received a 1990 Grammy Legend Award. She received Golden Globe Awards for Cabaret and for the TV movie A Time to Live.
Minnelli, like her mother, is known for her powerful vocal style, as in her trademark songs, "Cabaret" and "Theme from New York, New York." (Minnelli's original preceded Frank Sinatra's successful cover version, for his "Trilogy" album, by two years.)
David Gest, Minnelli's fourth husband, is currently suing her for $10 million, accusing her of beating him during drunken rages. Minnelli has denied beating Gest and counter-sued, claiming he cheated her out of more than $2 million.
Her former bodyguard and chauffeur, M'hammed Soumayah, said that "without his consent," he was forced to have sexual relations with Minnelli. Soumayah wants $50 million from Minnelli for her "intentional assault and battery," another $50 million for sexual harassment and $89,000 in back wages. Minnelli countersued and accused him of breach of contract.