“You have to understand the way I am, mein herr…” she purrs, draped over a chair in black suspenders and a bowler hat as the song starts to build up pace. It is this infamous characterisation of the charming Sally Bowles in Cabaret that propelled Liza Minnelli into international stardom.

The daughter of Judy Garland, Liza, named after a Gershwin number, was born on the frontline of fame in 1946. Liza inherited all the star qualities her mother had to give. But how very different she turned out, once given a chance to step out of her mother’s shadow. Dropping out of school in her teens to pursue a career on Broadway, Liza struck gold almost immediately, winning a Tony at the tender age of 19 for her headline role in Flora, The Red Menace – still, one of the youngest to do so.

Music, TV and film success soon followed – with Cabaret netting her an Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and more. That said, Liza’s home is undoubtedly the stage, and despite a few hiccups and hangups over the years, Liza is still the irrepressible, theatrical force of nature we’ve always loved.

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