Behind the Scenes with Liza Minnelli
Watch producer Jack, executive producer Sheri and Oprah's pre-show meeting
Jack's co-producer Bridgette has her hands full after she's assigned to work directly with Liza. "Growing up, my mom was a huge Liza fan, so Liza's been somebody who has been in my life in terms of musically and her movies," she says. "So to work with Liza was like the best thing ever."
Bridgette must find a way to cut some of the razzle-dazzle without offending her superstar guest and get what the show wants. "My approach when I have to handle a situation like telling Liza Minnelli, 'We want to do it our way' is kind of pretending she's not Liza Minnelli because ultimately I'm here to get the best product for the show," she says. "So we're going to have to keep ironing this out."
After another rehearsal, the three songs have been squeezed into three and a half minutes. "I'm feeling good," Bridgette says. "She seemed happy when she left, so I think all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together."
While prepping Liza for her interview with Oprah, Liza asks Bridgette to cut any questions related to her four marriages—especially her marriage to her fourth ex-husband, whom she wishes not to mention by name.
Jack must relay this request to Oprah as he preps her before the show. "I want to know what really had gone on in the relationship, so I thought that there were some interesting things to talk about," Oprah says. "I always feel like I can do that in a way that's not going to be exploiting her or exploiting him."
When the time comes for Liza's performance, the 64-year-old stage veteran cements her legendary status. "She was great, hit every note perfectly," Bridgette says. "I love her even more now that I met her."
Watch Liza sing Oprah a special song after the show
Liza: "You're the best. Anything you need from me, I'm here."
Oprah: "Says the legend to me."
Liza: "No, you're the legend baby."
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