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Liza Minnelli’s Scoliosis Story

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Liza May Minnelli was born in Hollywood, California. She is an American actress, singer and Broadway performer. Liza is the daughter of Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli. Though her first appearances were with her superstar mother, Liza has established a substantial career as a performer. She is among the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. She has also received two Golden Globes, a Grammy Living Legend award and induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame and numerous other awards and honors.


It has been speculated that Judy Garland herself may have had scoliosis, but it is well known that Liza Minnelli has scoliosis. She has mentioned in interviews that her scoliosis forced her to move on stage in ways that didn’t affect her breathing or cause her pain.

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“ Major. Always. In fact, I didn’t realize I had anything wrong with my back until—I guess it was around the time of The Sterile Cuckoo that Fred said, “Come on, somebody’s imitating you. Let’s go see her.” So we go down to one of those places that used to be in the Village and we sit down and I’m all excited and this girl comes on and she goes like this [She demonstrates by walking with her shoulders twisted and uneven.] I was so indignant, I said, “I don’t do that.” And he said, “Yes, you do.” I found out that because of the scoliosis, if I lean back one way it hurts. The only reason I do anything like I do is because [Screams] it’s the only way I can do it without hurting! Literally. It’s really funny. It is so weird.”

In recent years, Liza has made appearances in various films and in television, most notable was her role on the TV comedy Arrested Development. Over the years, Liza has served and supported various charities and causes.

“I’ve got two false hips, a wired-up knee, scoliosis, which I’ve always had, and three crushed disks, but I feel great. I dance every day.”


Scoliosis can continue to affect patients throughout their lives. Though it may not cause pain in children or teens, as we age it can become more and more troublesome. Scoliosis can compound the degenerative changes to the spine that we all experience as we age. It is therefore important to stay fit and remain active into your later years and to seek treatment if you are experiencing symptoms associated with scoliosis. Adults as well as adolescents can benefit from scoliosis treatment.

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