On this day, March 12, 1946, American actress, singer and dancer Liza May Minnelli was born. The daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, she was practically raised at MGM studios. She made her film debut at fourteen months of age in the movie In the Good Old Summertime (1949).
Her first recognition came for the play "Best Foot Forward," a stage performance which ran for seven months in 1963. Liza won a Tony award at age nineteen and was nominated for her first Academy Award at age twenty-three for the role of Pookie Adams in The Sterile Cuckoo (1969). Other dramatic roles followed and, in 1972, she won an Oscar for her performance as Sally Bowles in the movie Cabaret (1972).
While film projects such as Lucky Lady, A Matter of Time and New York, New York were less favorably received than her stage roles, Minnelli became an entertainer in television, beginning with Liza with a Z in 1972, and on stage in the Broadway productions of Flora the Red Menace, The Act and The Rink. Minnelli also toured internationally and did shows such as Liza Minnelli: At Carnegie Hall, Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event, and Liza Live from Radio City Music Hall.
Minnelli has won a total of four Tony Awards, including a Special Tony Award. She has also won an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award for her contributions and influence in the recording field, along with many other honors and awards. She is among the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. In 2000, Minnelli was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.[
1910 – Roger L. Stevens (producer: West Side Story, Bus Stop, A Man for All Seasons, Tea and Sympathy, Deathtrap, First Monday in October, Mary, Mary; founding chairman: National Council on the Arts, the Kennedy Center; died Feb 2, 1998)
1917 – Googie Withers (Georgette Lizette Withers) (actress: Northanger Abbey, Devil on Horseback, Accused, Dead of Night)
1921 – Gordon MacRae (actor: Oklahoma!, Carousel, The Desert Song; singer: I Still Get Jealous, It’s Magic, Hair of Gold Eyes of Blue, C’est Magnifique, The Secret [with Jo Stafford]; died Jan 24, 1986)
1933 – Barbara Feldon (Hall) (actress: Get Smart, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)