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Name: Liza Minnelli                                                                     
Born: 12 March 1946 Los Angeles, California, U.S.                                       
Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy       
Award-winning American actress and singer. She is the daughter of legendary             
actress and singer Judy Garland and her second husband, film director Vincente         
Minnelli. In 1972, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in           
Cabaret and two of her records have been certified gold.                               
Minnelli is from a well-known artistic family; her maternal lineage had                 
entertainers in the family going back six generations. Her famous mother,               
Judy Garland, had success in film and in music, and her aunts had been part of a       
singing group, "The Gumm Sisters", with her mother. Her father, also from a             
theatrical family including circus performers, was an acclaimed film director.         
Minnelli's first film appearance was at the age of three in the final scene of         
the 1949 musical In the Good Old Summertime, starring her mother and Van Johnson.       
Although Minnelli and her mother shared a warm personal relationship, during the       
London Palladium performances Garland recognized Minnelli's talent and felt a           
sense of competition. Minnelli recalled a time where she was singing on stage: "I       
was onstage with my mother, but suddenly, she wasn't Mama ... she was Judy             
As a teenager with two younger siblings, Minnelli bore the brunt of Garland's           
substance abuse issues and instability, and often had to take responsibility for       
her mother and siblings. Minnelli's half-siblings through her mother are sister         
Lorna Luft and brother Joe "Joey" Luft. Her half-siblings are a result of               
Garland's marriage to her manager Sid Luft. She also has a half-sibling Tina           
Nina Minnelli through her father's second marriage.                                     
She has also been portrayed in the Australian musical The Boy From Oz starring         
Hugh Jackman. On Broadway, she was portrayed by Broadway star Stephanie J. Block.       
The show received four Tony nominations.