Liza Minnelli: Academy Award-Winning Daughter Of Judy Garland And Vincente Minnelli, Who Were Also Oscar Winners

Date November 22, 2017

Liza Minnelli was already famous long before she took her very first steps. This is no surprise as her parents were the iconic Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. While her mother was a famous actress, her father was an award-winning film director.


Childhood and early years as a performer

Liza herself toed her parents' footsteps and ended up building a pretty impressive career in the acting and stage performing industry. Young Liza was practically raised at the MGM studios where her parents worked.

Even though she had made a few minor appearances in performances like the chorus of Flower Drum Song and Take Me Along, it was not until 1963, when she turned 17. Then, her professional career actually began.

The talented actress was among the cast of an Off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward, a performance that earned her the Theatre World Award. One year later, Liza performed alongside her mother in a concert at the London Palladium.

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By the age of 19, when she decided to focus on Broadway, she had won a Tony Award for her work in Flora the Red Menace.

Later career

By 1997, Liza had already set herself apart when it came to music and stage performances. She is one of the first few performers to take home the Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award. Her success has always been an inspiration to many, and her artistic gift has made her a true classic.

In 1997, she returned to Broadway where she took the title role in Victor/Victoria and was praised by New York Times critic, Ben Brantley, for doing a spectacular job. He said "her every stage appearance is perceived as a victory of show-business stamina over psychic frailty. She asks for love so nakedly and earnestly, it seems downright vicious not to respond."

Health challenges

In 2000, Liza had a severe case of viral encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. It got so bad that doctors were not very optimistic that she would be able to walk on her own or speak again. But Liza never gave up.

She took voice and dance lessons every day until she was strong enough to return to the stage in 2001 when Michael Jackson asked her to perform at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. "I am stable as a table," she told reporters when the question of her health came up.

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Even though she was successful in battling one health problem, she could not overcome the medical complications that left her with a hiatal hernia, which prevented her from getting pregnant, so she never had kids.


Personal life

For Liza Minnelli, her personal life grabbed almost as much attention as her work on stage. Like her mother who was married five times, Liza was also a little bit unlucky in the marital bliss area.

In 1967, she married to her first husband, Peter Allen, an Australian singer, but they ended up getting divorced in 1974. That same year, she tied the knots with producer Jack Haley Jr. The marriage ended in 1979.


Mark Geo, a sculptor became husband number three. Again, she married to him soon after she divorced. The couple lasted until 1993. In 2002, she married to David Gest, but this ended up being her shortest marriage yet as it lasted just about a year.

Liza Minnelli is a woman who has made a mark in the industry and has gathered millions of fans over the years. She is a definition of a true icon and happens to be the only Academy Award winner whose parents (both of them) also took home that honor.

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