Liza Minnelli Recovering from Back Surgery | Playbill

News Liza Minnelli Recovering from Back Surgery Tony and Academy Award-winning actress Liza Minnelli is resting comfortably following back surgery earlier in the week at a California hospital, according to the Associated Press.

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In a Sept. 17 statement Minnelli said, "I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and caring that has been sent my way from all over the world."

Post columnist Cindy Adams first reported the news about Minnelli, who was unable to attend friend Joan Rivers' funeral due to her back condition.

Minnelli previously told Adams, "I couldn’t go to Joan Rivers’ funeral, which I desperately wanted to because I loved her — but I couldn’t go because I can’t walk. I’m in bed. Going in for surgery.

"I broke my lower back. Remember a few years ago I was in a wheelchair because I had trouble with my spine? They operated on it then. Well, now, again. They’ll have to fuse it.

"I was picking up my dogs — and they jumped. And I got twisted and fell. I thought it’s nothing. But it wasn’t nothing. It became something. After an X-ray, seems I busted it and have to have it fused. The operation’s next week."

Liza Minnelli won Tony Awards for her performances in Flora, The Red Menace; and The Act. She also received a 1974 Special Tony Award for "adding lustre to the Broadway season."

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