|Official Name:||Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana)|
|Area:||301,340 sq km|
|Population:||61.5 million (2013)|
|Climate:||Predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south|
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Born: March 12, 1946
Actress and singer.
Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and her second husband, acclaimed film director Vincente Minnelli (who was of Italian and French descent).
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.
Liza started performing at age of 16, in 1963, in an off-Broadway revival of the musical Best Foot Forward, for which she received good notices. The next year, her mother invited her to perform with her at the London Palladium.
The audience loved her, and her musical career was born. She returned to Broadway at 19, and won a 1965 Tony Award for Flora the Red Menace. She also received Tony Awards for The Act in 1978 and a special Tony in 1974. She was nominated in 1984 for The Rink but lost to her costar Chita Rivera.
The film The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) garnered her her first Academy Award nomination. In 1972, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as "Sally Bowles" in Cabaret, along with Joel Grey who won an Oscar reprising his role in the movie that he had played in the Broadway musical (that of the creepy "Emcee").
Minnelli has the distinction of being the only Academy Award winner whose parents are both Academy Award winners.
Most recently she has appeared as a recurring guest star on the critically acclaimed TV sitcom Arrested Development as sexually and socially awkward Buster Bluth's lover. She has also won an Emmy Award for the 1972 TV special Liza with a Z.
Minnelli received a 1990 Grammy Legend Award. She received Golden Globe Awards for Cabaret and for the TV movie A Time to Live.
In 2005 Minnelli received the Prince Max & Princess Helga-Lee of Schaumburg-Lippe Award for Her Lifetime Dedication to Music.
Minnelli, like her mother, is known for her powerful vocal style, as in her trademark songs, "Cabaret" and "Theme from New York, New York." (Minnelli's original preceded Frank Sinatra's successful cover version, for his "Trilogy" album, by two years.)
On January 1, 2006, she sang "New York, New York" at the Second Inauguration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Taken from Wikipedia