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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

68 Groovy Things about Liza Minnelli on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Liza Minnelli's 68th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Liza May Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, in Hollywood, California, to film director Vincente Minnelli and actress/singer Judy Garland, who named her after the George and Ira Gershwin song, "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)".

2. She made her film debut at age 2½ in the final scene of the 1949 musical, In the Good Old Summertime, with her mother and Van Johnson.

3. She made her professional debut as an actress at age 17 in the 1963 Off-Broadway revival of the musical, Best Foot Forward, for which she received the Theatre World Award.

4. She appeared on her mother's TV series, The Judy Garland Show, on November 17, 1963.

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5. She appeared on The Judy Garland Christmas Show on December 22, 1963.

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6. She released her debut solo album, Liza! Liza!, in September 1964.

7. She appeared in her first television dramatic role in an episode of the CBS series, Mr. Broadway, which aired on October 24, 1964.

8. In November 1964, she and her mother performed together at the London Palladium, and a live recording of their concerts, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli "Live" at the London Palladium, was released in July 1965.

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9. She made her Broadway debut at age 19 in the 1965 Kander and Ebb musical, Flora the Red Menace, which opened on May 11, 1965, and ran for 87 performances. She also became the youngest woman to ever win a Tony Award (for Best Lead Actress in a Musical).

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10. She was the mystery guest on the game show, What's My Line?, on May 16, 1965.

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11. She played Little Red Riding Hood in the TV special, The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, which aired on November 28, 1965.

12. She made her first appearance on stage at the Olympia in Paris in 1966.

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13. She made five appearances on the ABC variety show, The Hollywood Palace, between 1966 and 1968.

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14. While married to her Australian-born first husband, Peter Allen, she appeared in a 1967 Australian TV special called Liza.

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15. Her first credited film role was as Albert Finney's secretary and love interest in the 1967 British film, Charlie Bubbles.

16. She appeared with Woody Allen and John Byner on The Kraft Music Hall on December 27, 1967.

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17. She sang "A Secretary Is Not a Toy" on an episode of the sitcom, That's Life, which aired on December 17, 1968.

18. She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on January 19, 1969.

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19. She received her first Academy Award nomination (for Best Actress) for her performance as Pookie Adams in the 1969 film, The Sterile Cuckoo.

20. Her performances in Paris in December 1969 were recorded and released as a 1972 album, Live at the Olympia in Paris.

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21. She starred in her first American TV special, Liza, on June 29, 1970, with her guests Anthony Newley, Randy Newman, Michael J. Pollard and Jimmy Webb,

22. She appeared on The Johnny Cash Show on September 23, 1970.

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23. She starred in the 1970 drama, Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.

24. She received the Academy Award for Best Actress (and a Golden Globe) for her performance as Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the musical, Cabaret.

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25. She starred in Liza with a "Z": A Concert for Television, which aired on NBC on September 10, 1972.

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26. She received a Special Tony Award for her Broadway show, Liza, which ran for 23 performances and broke the box-office record at the Winter Garden Theatre in January 1974.

27. In 1962, she recorded the voice of Dorothy in the animated film, Journey Back to Oz, which - due to insufficient funding - was not released in the U.S. until 1974.

28. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the 1975 film, Lucky Lady.

29. She replaced an ailing Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of the musical, Chicago, from August 8 to September 13, 1975. And on November 7, 1975, she appeared with Chita Rivera on Dinah Shore's talk show, Dinah!, to salute Chicago composers John Kander and Fred Ebb.

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30. She was a guest on Sammy Davis Jr.'s syndicated talk show, Sammy & Company, in November 1975.

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31. In 1976, she appeared in two films - Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (as herself) and A Matter of Time (which was directed by her father, Vincente Minnelli).

32. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the 1977 film, New York, New York.

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33. She received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Act, which opened on Broadway on October 29, 1977, and ran for 233 performances.

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34. She appeared on The Muppet Show on November 17, 1979.

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35. Following her 1979 Carnegie Hall concert, Liza took her show on the road, and it was recorded in New Orleans in 1980 for HBO.

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36. She appeared with Goldie Hawn in the TV special, Goldie and Liza Together, on February 19, 1980.

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37. She appeared on the TV special, Baryshnikov on Broadway, on April 24, 1980.

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38. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on May 26, 1981.

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39. In October 1981, she was a guest on The Don Lane Show in Australia while on tour.

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40. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the 1981 comedy, Arthur, and she and co-star Dudley Moore later starred in the 1988 sequel, Arthur 2: On the Rocks.

41. She filmed a deleted scene for the 1983 film, The King of Comedy, in which she played herself on a talk show and sang "New York, New York". However, she does appear in the movie as a life-size cardboard cutout.

42. She appeared as herself in the 1984 film, The Muppets Take Manhattan.

43. She received a Tony Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Rink, which opened on Broadway on February 9, 1984 (her co-star Chita Rivera won).

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44. She received a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1985 TV movie, A Time to Live.

45. She starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the 1987 film, Rent-a-Cop.

46. On May 28, 1987, she performed for the press right before the opening of her three-week concert engagement at Carnegie Hall.

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47. She played three different characters in the ABC special, Sam Found Out: A Triple Play, which aired on May 31, 1988.

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48. In September 1988, she performed with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. in Detroit while on tour together, and this concert, Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event, was filmed for cable.

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49. She appeared with the Pet Shop Boys on the British talk show, Wogan, on July 31, 1989, to promote her album, Results (produced by PSB).

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50. She was a guest on the British TV series, The Dame Edna Experience, on November 11, 1989.

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51. She performed on the TV special, Grammy Living Legends, on November 24, 1989, and received one of the first Grammy Living Legend Awards.

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52. She performed for three weeks at Radio City Music Hall in 1991, which was recorded for her fifth live album and a TV special.

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53. She was a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show on September 9, 1991.

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54. She starred in the 1991 film, Stepping Out.

55. She and Tony Bennett were guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show on December 24, 1992.

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56. She hosted the 47th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 1993, and performed with her sister, Lorna Luft.

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57. In 1994, she recorded the Kander and Ebb song, "The Day After That", and donated the proceeds to AIDS research. She also performed the song in Central Park at the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

58. She appeared with Shirley MacLaine in the TV movie, The West Side Waltz, which aired on November 23, 1995.

59. She was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 22, 1996.

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60. She was a guest on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee on December 20, 1996, to promote her appearance in the Broadway musical, Victor/Victoria, as a replacement for a vacationing Julie Andrews.

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61. She returned to Broadway in December 1999 to pay tribute to her father in a show called Minnelli on Minnelli: Live at the Palace.

62. She played the recurring character of Lucille Austero on the 2003-06 TV series, Arrested Development, and on its 2013 fourth season on Netflix.

63. She appeared on the Bravo series, Inside the Actors Studio, on February 5, 2006.

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64. She made a triumphant return to Broadway in December 2008 with Liza's at the Palace, which won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.

65. She appeared in a Snickers commercial with Aretha Franklin in February 2010.

66. She made a cameo appearance as herself in the 2010 film, Sex and the City 2.

67. She appeared on Kathy Griffin's Bravo series, My Life on the D-List, on June 15, 2010.

68. She made a guest appearance as herself in an episode of the NBC series, Smash, on April 9, 2013.

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4 comments:

joel65913 said...

Great collection. That clip from The Johnny Cash Show is trippy. You never think of those two in the same space and it's such a time warp. Liza in that terribly unbecoming outfit and a hairdo never seen again and Johnny of course The Man in Black. It also showed her singing style was far more suited to ballads, the country number is rough.

Glad you didn't include her recent so called participation in the Wizard of Oz tribute. The academy more or less insulted Lorna, Joey and she by having them stand up in the audience for a blink of an eye instead of on stage where they belonged.

Marc said...

Glad you enjoyed my Liza post, Joel. And I agree with you about her recent appearance on the Academy Awards (she and her siblings deserved to introduce The Wizard of Oz tribute).

Bobby Waters said...

I'd be willing to bet that there was discussion about the Garland family's participation in the Oz Tribute. Maybe they chose not to be active participants. Liza's physical condition is poor - saw her perform in Fort Lauderdale on 02/16/14 - she has mobility issues. I'm sure the Academy would have PREFERRED that they introduce the segment. My guess is they wanted to remain observers.

Marc said...

I hope you're right, Bobby, and that it was Liza, Lorna and Joey's decision to just watch the segment and not introduce it.