Andy Warhol’s Interview Interview: Liza Minnelli

By
Photography Andy Warhol

Published October 22, 2014

ABOVE: PHOTO: LIZA MINNELLI BY ANDY WARHOL, 1977. POLACOLOR TYPE 108, 4 1/4 X 3 3/8″.  © THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC./ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK.

Legend of the stage and screen, daughter of the Hollywood titans Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, Oscar winner (for her classic performance in 1972’s Cabaret), and Tony-, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy Lifetime Legend award-winner Liza Minnelli has always been our sparkly sequined “New York, New York” gal. To celebrate our 45th birthday, the showbiz Hall of Famer puts on her best red dress and belts out the hits with Andy

ANDY WARHOL: What did you have for breakfast?

LIZA MINNELLI: Steel-cut oatmeal with lots of honey and sugar.

WARHOL: What was your first job?

MINNELLI: I moved and made scenery in summer stock. I did just about everything from the bottom up, and I enjoyed every minute.

WARHOL: What are your beauty secrets?

MINNELLI: Oh, honey…moisturize!!!

WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie?

MINNELLI: So many, but I’m partial to the films my parents did.

WARHOL: When do you get nervous?

MINNELLI: Right before a show, I feel like a racehorse before it leaves the gate. But once I step foot on stage, I’m home.

WARHOL: What’s your favorite color?

MINNELLI: I think everyone knows this…RED!

WARHOL: Do you take showers or baths?

MINNELLI: There’s nothing like a nice, HOT shower.

WARHOL: What kinds of clothes do you like?

MINNELLI: Anything Halston will always be my favorite.

WARHOL: What’s the most number of people you’ve performed for?

MINNELLI: I performed at Wembley Stadium at the concert to honor my friend Freddie Mercury, and there were a lot of people there. They asked me because Freddie was a huge fan of mine, which I am still tickled to know. He was one of the best of all time.

WARHOL: Do you dance at home?

MINNELLI: With all these false parts…not so much.

WARHOL: Do you think that it is vanity to worry so much about what you look like?

MINNELLI: Are you kidding? With HD now, we don’t have a choice.

WARHOL: What would be your dream date?

MINNELLI: Dancing with Fred Astaire.

WARHOL: Isn’t New York great?

MINNELLI: Ha! You’re asking me? I sing about it every chance I get. A couple of years after New York, New York came out [1977], I performed a whole medley of songs about New York at Carnegie Hall, and there were so many to choose from. Naturally it ended with “New York, New York.”

WARHOL: What do you think about love?

MINNELLI: I’m all for it. More of it for everybody, please.