Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Women We Love: Liza Minnelli

Object of our affection: Liza Minnelli, actress/singer.

- She's the daughter of cinematic royalty (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) who became a superstar of stage and screen in her own right. And she's back on Broadway starting tonight with Liza's at the Palace ...! The production, described as "an incomparable Minnelli songfest including many of her personal favorites and signature hits", is already a huge hit and has been extended for two extra weeks (until December 28) due to ticket demand. Plus, a two-disc recordingof the show will be released on February 2.

- At the age of three, she made her show biz debut opposite her mother in her father's film In the Good Old Summertime. However, her first professional job was Off-Broadway, and she soon took the Great White Way by storm with Flora the Red Menace, which made her the youngest Tony Award winning Best Actress. She would win two more Tonys (for The Act and a special award in 1974 for "for adding lustre to the Broadway season") and be nominated again for The Rink. Other productions she added her unique "lustre" to include Chicago and Victor/Victoria, as well as several of her own concert events.

- Her first real movie role was in Charlie Bubbles, followed by The Sterile Cuckoo, in which her performance as "Pookie" earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. Following Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, she would go on to star in the classic movie musical Cabaret, winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and many other prizes for her iconic portrayal of Sally Bowles. Her other classic film roles include New York, New York and Arthur.

- The legendary television special Liza With a 'Z' netted her an Emmy Award. In addition to her many appearances on musical variety programs through the years, she also memorably guest starred on Arrested Development and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

- Last but certainly not least, her recording career has won her two Certified Gold records and a Grammy Legend Award, thereby completing her grand slam of all the major entertainment awards, a rare feat.

UPDATE: Liza's going to stay at the Palace ...! a little longer: the show has been extended through January 4.

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