Those who only think of Liza Minnelli as a friend to Michael Jackson or the wife of David Gest can learn to appreciate her booming personality and signature Liza-isms, thanks to a recent string of high-profile appearances, including a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” in Sex and the City 2. This week, she entertained callers on the Home Shopping Network, promoting her clothing and jewelry line, The Liza Collection. Enjoy a compilation of clips from her appearance, courtesy of Four Four:
Her voice! Her expressions! (“It’s purty!) Her compliments to the HSN callers! (“It’s thrilling to talk to you, and I’ll remember it!” and “You’re my mentor too!”) All this, plus her wise fashion philosophies (“The woman should wear the dress, not the dress wear the woman”) and scarf-draping techniques, are like gifts from the heavens, helping me make it to the holiday weekend.
But it was really her acting lesson with Kathy Griffin on My Life on the D List that made me fall in love (with an “L”) with Liza. She schooled Kathy on bringing emotion and conviction to her character, memorizing an entire monologue after one reading, all while keeping her cigarette intact and the end of her dainty finger. (Fun fact: On Watch What Happens Live, Kathy Griffin explained that Liza calls out “Ashtray!” to her assistants when she smokes around her penthouse…and of course they come running.) To quote an eager HSN caller, Liza “is there anything you can’t do?”
If you missed it a few weeks ago, here’s a clip from the season premiere of My Life on the D-List (Is she wearing the same outfit? Who cares! She’s Liza!):
Arrested Development fans: Don’t you agree that Lucille 2 deserves more of the spotlight? Let’s think up ideas for her own reality show, hypothetically titled Life! with Liza (on Bravo, of course). It could be the perfect vehicle to 1) Remind audiences what a talented performer she is, and 2) Pimp out The Liza Collection. What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you loving Liza Minnelli as much as I am these days?