The Hollywood Reporter says that Minnelli will play a wealthy widowed socialite in the Fox comedy "Arrested Development." Minnelli will appear on several episodes of the new series, which concerns the eccentric Bluth family. The Bluth clan is forced to come together after the arrest of the family patriarch, portrayed by Jeffrey Tambor. The series also stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia De Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat. Minnelli's last acting role on screen was the 1995 adaptation of The West Side Waltz. Minnelli co-starred with Shirley MacLaine in the CBS production.
Minnelli, an Oscar winner for her performance in Cabaret, was last on Broadway in a tribute to her late father entitled Minnelli on Minnelli; she returned to New York City's Beacon Theatre last year with her acclaimed concert Liza's Back! In addition to her Tonys for Flora, the Red Menace and The Act, Minnelli was awarded a special Tony in 1974 for "adding lustre to the Broadway season." Her film credits include "The Sterile Cuckoo," "Arthur," "New York, New York" and "Stepping Out." The singer is also a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress. Her most recent album is entitled "Liza's Back!" (J Records).