SHOWBIZ royalty Liza Minnelli fell in love with Scotland when she was nine years old.

The superstar singer and actor had never been, but her film director father Vincente was making classic 1954 movie Brigadoon, and little Liza was often on the set.

“My father bought me a tartan kilt and Gene Kelly taught me how to do the Highland sword dance to the music of the bagpipes,” she told the Sunday Post in 2015.

“It was the first time I ever heard Scottish music and sampled the culture.”


While modern Scotland may have very little to do with anything portrayed in Brigadoon, which starred Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse as friends who stumble across a mystical village which only appears for one day every 100 years, Liza was just as enthralled by the real thing when she finally did visit.

She has performed in Glasgow several times, even refusing to let a long recovery, following a spinal fracture, stop her from making it to the city.

The famous performer, who is the daughter of screen icon Judy Garland, tripped up while chasing her dogs across a marble hallway.

Doctors told her she may never dance again, but she refused to give up.

Ten years ago, in her first UK tour for two decades, Liza visited Glasgow with a slickly choreographed show that cost fans £95 a ticket (a huge sum of money at the time.)

Name-dropping Sinatra, Scorsese and Sondheim, cracking jokes and delivering her show-stopper songs, such as Cabaret’s Maybe This Time and My Own Best Friend from her Broadway days as Roxie Hart in Chicago, she enchanted the Glasgow crowd.

Best known for her Oscar-winning role in 1972’s Cabaret, Liza is one of the world’s best known stage and screen stars.

She had the original hit with New York, New York, as the title from her movie with Robert De Niro in 1977, two years before Sinatra made it his signature song and later duetted it with her many times live on stage.

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Switching between old school and contemporary pop in the late 1980s, she toured The Ultimate Event with Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr, including an appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1989 and recorded the pop album Results produced by British duo Pet Shop Boys.

She has won a clutch of Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, and a special Legends Grammy.

Liza is also fondly remembered for her role alongside Dudley Moore in 1981’s comedy Arthur (and its 1988 sequel) and starred in the 1991 musical drama Stepping Out.

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