Author and Minnelli historian Scott Schechter is currently working on a new tome for Citadel Press that will be devoted to the stage life of Tony and Academy Award winner Liza Minnelli. Although there have been many books that have focused on Minnelli's often-tumultuous offstage life, this new volume will spotlight Minnelli's talent. The book will cover Minnelli's lengthy career, including dancing with Gene Kelly as a youngster on TV, her early Broadway success at age 19, her Oscar-winning turn in "Cabaret" as well as her record-breaking concert engagements around the world. Due in stores in September 2004, "The Liza Minnelli Scrapbook" will feature over 100 photographs in its 224 full-color pages. Author Schechter is currently welcoming submissions — information, photos and memories —from Minnelli's fans. Schechter, who also penned "Judy Garland: The Day by-Day Chronicle of a Legend," can be reached via e-mail at Garlands63@aol.com.
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! shortly after her marriage to producer David Gest. 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 newest album, "Liza's Back!" (J Records), is now in stores.