When a performer is so popular that everyone knows her/him by their first name, it is truly a sign of respect and accomplishment.
Celebrating 47 years since Liza opened (1965) at the Sahara Hotel, in Las Vegas, she seemed very happy tonight appearing at the Las Vegas Hotel.
I reviewed Liza’s show in the 80’s and throughout the years with the feeling that she always worked hard to put everything into her performances.
As usual, Liza discussed Judy Garland, her mother, and personal memories about the people she knew. The audience spoke to Liza and reacted with wild admiration to her hits.
Liza sang the beautiful love ballads “Our Love is here to stay” and “Maybe This Time” then switched the tempo to the upbeat “Alexander’s Rag Time Band”, “Swanee” and many others songs. What a great musical mix to please all of her fans.
After singing the very dramatic “What Makes a Man a Man?” Liza said, “A little intense, don’t you think?”
Some people mistakenly think her name is spelled Lisa with an “S” so she sang the amusing “Liza” (With A “Z”)”.
With a golden voice and a show biz family history, Liza was meant to perform on stage.
Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special “Legends” Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world’s consummate performers.
In film, on stage and in television, Liza has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word “superstar.”
She was born in Los Angeles, California, to actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli.
Considered one of America’s true legends, Liza began her professional career at an early age, 16, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical “Best Foot Forward,” for which she received rapturous notices and her first award, the Theatre World Award. It would be the first among many show business honors.
In 1972, her movie career peaked when she played Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” The film won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza. The role also earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award. The unqualified success of “Cabaret” put Liza on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week.
In 1981, she co-starred with Dudley Moore on the big screen in the classic “Arthur,” going on to make the sequel “Arthur 2” in 1988. She is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. .
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