Liza Minnelli began performing at a very young age – and hasn’t stopped since. She’s the recipient of virtual every award, including three Tonys, an Oscar, two Golden Globes and an Emmy. Minnelli brings her show to the legendary South Shore Room at Harrah’s on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Minnelli resumed her tour Jan. 12, four weeks after collapsing during a show in Goteborg, Sweden.
“She was that sick,” Minnelli’s lawyer, Allen Arrow, told The Associated Press. “You wonder why she had the courage to get on the stage when she shouldn’t have.”
Minnelli was born in 1946 in Los Angeles to actress-singer Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, the film director of such classics as “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “An American in Paris.” Minnelli’s first role was co-starring with her mother in “In the Good Old Summertime” in 1949. When she was just 10 years old, she hosted the first-ever television broadcast of “The Wizard of Oz,” which reached a viewing audience of about 45 million people.
Minnelli continued to perform during her childhood, and by the time she was 19, she landed the lead role in “Flora, the Red Menace.” Her Broadway performance garnered her a Tony for best actress in a musical. She expanded her career in 1972 with “Cabaret.” The film won eight Oscars, and Minnelli received the Oscar for Best Actress. Her role as Sally Bowles also earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award, as well as the covers of Time and Newsweek in the same week. That same year Minnelli starred in her first concert, the first ever filmed for live television. The show “Liza with a Z” produced a Top 20 Album and won an Emmy for Outstanding Single Program.
Her diverse career included Martin Scorsese’s musical “New York, New York,” in which she starred opposite Robert De Niro in 1977. Then in 1981 she co-starred with Dudley Moore in the movie “Arthur” and went on to make the sequel “Arthur 2” in 1988. Her 1985 performance in the made-for-television movie “A Time to Live,” added a Golden Globe to her already impressive list of awards and accolades.
Minnelli took over for an ailing Julie Andrews in Broadway’s “Victor/Victoria.” Andrews was forced to leave the show to undergo vocal cord surgery that was not completely successful. Minnelli later underwent an identical procedure and made a full recovery. She returned to the stage in 1999 to pay tribute to her father in a show named “Minnelli on Minnelli” at New York’s Palace Theater.
Shortly after the soundtrack of that show was released, Minnelli was hospitalized for encephalitis. The prognosis was grim: She was told she would never walk, talk, dance or sing again. She proved that diagnosis wrong, and by 2002 she was back on stage at the Bacon Theater in New York. Minnelli continues touring throughout the United States and Europe, and recently recorded a the album “Liza’s Back!”
Tickets for Saturday’s show are $85 and $125. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
For reservations and more information, call (800) 786-8208. Visit Harrah’s online at http://www.TotalRewardsTahoe.com
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