Liza Minnelli Breaks Wrist, Still Performs With Sister Lorna Luft for NYC Benefit
There's no business like show business, and there's no performer quite like Liza Minnelli. The legendary singer was ever the consummate professional as she shared the stage with half-sister Lorna Luft at NYC's iconic Birdland jazz club on Monday, Oct. 14 -- despite having a broken wrist.
Minnelli, 67, went against doctor's orders in order to show her support for Luft at The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and Tower Cancer Research Foundation's Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund event, keeping her left wrist temporarily stabilized with a white cast and pink bandana.
According to the Associated Press, Minnelli broke her wrist in three places while rehearsing at home on Sunday. The Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner reportedly returned to the hospital for further treatment immediately following her performance on Monday evening.
The event was an important one for Minnelli, who has been an avid supporter for Luft's cause since she went public with her breast cancer back in August.
"Your attitude has so much to do with your recovery, because it's really easy to curl up in a ball, and stay in bed," Luft told Fox News at the time of receiving her diagnosis. "The hard part is saying I'm not going to do this and I'm going to fight this, I'm going to make fun of it, and I'm going to laugh, I'm going to have a sense of humor. …It's amazing how your attitude really will lead to your recovery."
The sisters -- who are both daughters of late screen legion Judy Garland -- hadn't performed onstage together in 20 years, since their last duet at the 1993 Tony Awards.