That's Liza with a Z
Showbiz is in Liza's genes. Her father was Oscar-winning filmmaker Vincent Minnelli, and her mother was actress Judy Garland, best known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Liza started performing at an early age, appearing onstage alongside her superstar mother. "When she came out, I was not onstage with my mama," Liza says. "I was onstage with Judy Garland."
Over the years, Liza's become famous for her record-breaking one-woman Broadway shows and her starring role in the movie version of Cabaret. Privately, however, Liza's life wasn't always such a celebration. She's been very open about her struggles with addiction and relationships.
At 64 years old, Liza has put her troubles behind her and is thrilling millions of fans with her new album, Confessions.
Physically, Liza has been through a lot, including two hip replacements and a knee replacement. "I was very worried, but it works," she says. "I always said that from [the waist] up I'm Dorothy's daughter, from [the waist] down I'm the Tin Man's."
Over the years, Liza's changed emotionally as well. "You learn to take other people's opinions less seriously," she says. "With the Internet, people can say anything they want to and you cannot dispute them. ... So I think you've just got to go straight ahead and do what you want to do and do it well."
Looking back at a picture of her younger self, Liza says she's got only one message: "Hang on, honey! Here we go!"
Four failed marriages have taught Liza one thing, she says. "Don't do it again!"
Of all her accomplishments, Liza says she's most proud of the fact that songs have been written specifically for her. And no matter how many times she sings her songs, Liza says they still come alive with each performance. "I'm singing to different people every time," she says. "And all you have to do is watch people's faces."