Liza May Minnelli is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Though born to film actress and singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, Liza Minnelli never became a child or teenage star. In her teens, she started as a musical theatre actress, nightclub performer and traditional pop recording artist in New York City. Critically lauded for her dramatic performance in the film The Sterile Cuckoo, she rose to international stardom with Cabaret and the Emmy Award-winning TV special Liza with a Z. Most of her following film projects got mixed reviews and failed commercially, and she had no major movie hit except the 1981 comedy Arthur. She successfully returned to Broadway stage starring the musical The Act in 1977. Primarily known as a pop standard singer, she recorded contemporary singer-songwriter material through the late 1960s and 1970s which mostly failed to chart.
Struggling with drug abuse, Minnelli became one of the first prominent people openly talking about rehab.