Born to Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli on March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, Liza Minnelli was literally raised at MGM studios where her parents worked. She was fourteen months old when she made her debut In the Good Old Summertime in 1949. Her parents divorced in 1951 and her mother married Sidney Luft in 1952.
At sixteen Liza struggled in New York City to begin a career on Broadway. Her first play was in Best Foot Forward in 1963. Her mother invited Liza to be on a show at the London Paladium and the show sold out immediately. Liza' performance was awesome and Judy and Liz's relationship improved.
Liza won a Tony award when she was only 19 and at 23 was nominated for an Oscar for The Sterile Cuckoo (1969). Liza won an Oscar for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in Cabaret in 1972. She work steadily in music, film and stage during the 1970s. Liza has done more stage performances and musicals than films. She sang with Frank Sinatra on his Duets CD and in his television specials.
Liza has spent time in drug-rehabilitation clinics and dealt with ill health. Liza has had 2 hip replacement surgeries and 3 knee surgeries. She also sees a psychiatrist and attends AA meetings. When she was 35 she was treated at the Betty Ford Center. She married four times to Peter Allen, Jack Haley, Jr., Mark Gero and David Gest (2002-2007).
In 1990 she won the Grammy Legend Award. This gave her an Oscar, The Tony, The Emmy, the Razzie and the Grammy. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has been a co-presenter at the Academy Awards.