Liza Minnelli is an actress, singer, dancer, and choreographer who began her career as a child in 1949. She is known not only for her successful career in the entertainment industry but also for being Judy Garland’s daughter. Although she is usually associated with musicals, she has also had roles in non-musical films and television series. The success of her career means that Liza Minnelli’s net worth is now $50 million, and here is how the performer accrued her wealth.
Liza Minnelli’s Early Life
Liza May Minnelli was born in Los Angeles on March 12, 1946. Her parents are actress and singer Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. She has three half-siblings from her parents’ other relationships. From an early age, Liza Minnelli was part of the entertainment industry, often attending film sets with her parents. She even made her first on-screen appearance at the age of just three, when she appeared in the final scene of the 1949 musical film ‘In the Good Old Summertime.’ Minnelli moved to New York City in 1961 and attended the High School of Performing Arts then Chadwick School. In her teens, Minnelli appeared in the chorus of productions including ‘Flower Drum Song’ and played the part of Muriel in ‘Take Me Along.’
Her Career in Theater and Music
Although she had been performing throughout her early life and teens, Minnelli made her professional debut in ‘Best Foot Forward.’ She also performed with her mother at the London Palladium and toured Israel. Minnelli’s professional career took off at the age of 19. It was at this age that she began performing professionally as a singer at nightclubs, and she also began appearing on Broadway. For her performance in ‘Flora the Red Menace,’ she won her first Tony Award. During the 1960s, Minnelli recorded several albums. Some of the albums reflected her background in musical theater, while others were traditional pop. Some of her albums from the 60s include ‘Capitol Records: Liza! Liza!,’ ‘It Amazes Me,’ ‘There Is a Time,’ and ‘Liza Minnelli.’ IN the 1970s, she recorded ‘Come Saturday Morning,’ ‘New Feelin’,’ ‘The Singer,’ and ‘Tropical Nights.’ Minnelli collaborated on an album with The Pet Shop Boys in 1989, and four singles from the album were released. One of the singles was ‘Losing My Mind,’ which Minnelli performed at the 1990 Grammy Awards ceremony. At this event, she received the Grammy Legend Award. It made her one of only a handful of people to win a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, and a Tony Award. Liza Minnelli did not release another album until 1996, and this was titled ‘Gently.’ It was then another decade before she recorded in the studio, this time for My Chemical Romance’s album ‘The Black Parade.’ Three years later, Minnelli released ‘Liza’s at the Palace…!’ Most recently, she released the album ‘Confessions’ in 2010.
Minnelli’s Television and Film Career
During the 1950s, Minnelli appeared as a guest on shows such as Art Linkletter’s show, and she performed with Gene Kelly in 1959 in his first television special. She was also a guest on various chat shows as a child and during her teens. Although Minnelli had appeared in one of her mother’s films as a child, her first credited film role was in the 1967 film ‘Charlie Bubbles.’ However, she had previously provided the voice of Dorothy for the animation ‘Journey Back to Oz.’ Had the release of this film not been delayed until 1972, it would have been her first credited film role. In 1969, Minnelli played Pookie Adams in ‘The Sterile Cuckoo,’ and she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. A year later, she had a role in ‘Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon.’
The role for which Liza Minnelli is best known is Sally Bowles, which is the leading character in the 1972 musical film ‘Cabaret’. While this film was a big hit, Minnelli went on to star in three box office flops in the 1970s, including ‘Lucky Lady,’ ‘A Matter of Time,’ and New York, New York.’ However, Minnelli’s fortunes changed when she starred opposite Dudley Moore in the 1981 film ‘Arthur.’ She did not appear in film again until 1988 when she had roles in both ‘Rent-A-Cop’ and ‘Arthur 2: On the Rocks.’ Minnelli was then in the 1991 film ‘Stepping Out’ and the 2006 limited release film ‘The Oh in Ohio.’ In addition to her television appearances on chat and variety shows, Liza Minnelli has had small roles in various television series. Some of these include ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Drop Dead Diva,’ and ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent.’
Liza Minnelli’s Net Worth
Minnelli’s work in the entertainment industry has made her a wealthy woman. According to The Richest, Liza Minnelli’s net worth is $50 million. She has accrued her wealth through a prolific career in theater, music, television, and film. Her fortune results from both the success of her career and its longevity, as her work as an entertainer spans eight decades.
Minnelli’s Personal Life
Liza Minnelli has been married four times. Her first husband was singer-songwriter Peter Allen, to whom she was married from 1967 to 1974. The reason for the divorce was Minnelli discovering that Allen was gay, and she claimed everybody apart from her already knew. She was then married to producer and director Jack Haley Jr. from 1974 to 1979. Her third marriage was to Mark Gero, a sculptor and stage manager. They married in 1979 and were married for 13 years until they divorced in 1992. Minnelli’s fourth husband was concert promoter David Gest. They married in 2002, separated a year later, and finalized their divorce in 2007. Liza Minnelli has also had high-profile relationships with several other famous men. These include Yul Brynner’s son Rock, Peter Sellers, Desi Arnaz, Jr., and Martin Scorcese. Minnelli has no children from her marriages or other relationships.