HSN Alum Liza Is Back, And TCM Has Got Her, Hopefully Not Live

Liza Minnelli will be appearing on TCM to talk about the legacy of her parents, singer Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli. Let’s hope it’s on tape, so that she doesn’t do a repeat performance of her disastrous live appearance on HSN.

Minnelli’s show on HSN, to talk about a line of clothing and jewelry based on her own belongings, made not only The Homeshoppingista’s blog but international headlines.

She appeared to be under the influence of something, slumped down in her chair, mumbling and making remarks that were non sequiturs or were just plain stupid. Go to the YouTube clip.

But she sure sounds good on paper, in the TCM press release on her upcoming interview.

Hollywood icon Liza Minnelli – whose brilliant career has earned her an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and four Tony Awards – will sit down with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne for PRIVATE SCREENINGS: LIZA MINNELLI, an in-depth interview special slated to premiere Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Rather than focusing on Minnelli herself, this special will take the unique approach of centering on the lives and careers of Minnelli’s legendary parents, Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. In conjunction with the premiere, TCM will pack two nights (Dec. 11 and Dec. 14) with films starring Garland, directed by Vincente Minnelli and/or starring Liza Minnelli.

“Liza Minnelli has a perspective about Hollywood unlike anyone else,” says Osborne. “She is an Academy Award-winning actress with parents who both were also Oscar winners (Judy Garland in 1939 and Vincente Minnelli in 1958). Her playground was soundstages, where she watched her parents and other film icons work, so she has insights into their world, which became her world. Her story is at once fascinating, dramatic and touching and has never been extensively told before. We’re very excited to be able to devote two nights to celebrating the lives and work of this extraordinary family.”


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