New Documentary Uncovers How Liza Minnelli Coped With Loss Of Mom, Judy Garland


The new documentary, Liza: A Truly Terrific Absolutely True Story, directed by Bruce David Klein, offers an intimate and candid exploration of Liza Minnelli‘s life. It delves into her childhood experiences and relationship with her famous mother, Judy Garland, and traces her journey through her illustrious career.

The documentary, richly woven with personal interviews featuring Minnelli herself and some of her close colleagues, does not shy away from the more challenging aspects of her life, including her four failed marriages, three miscarriages, and the profound impact of her mother’s death on her personal and professional life.


Liza Minnelli says she found it difficult to believe her mother, Judy Garland, was dead


During an interview featured in the documentary, the 78-year-old talked about her mother, Judy Garland, who passed away from an accidental overdose on June 22, 1969, in London. Minnelli shared that accepting her mother’s sudden death was incredibly challenging, and the reality of Garland’s absence felt surreal and difficult to comprehend.


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She further elaborated on the depth of her grief, describing the experience as utterly devastating. She remembered being overwhelmed by sorrow, crying for days as she was constantly in denial and unable to accept her loving mom was gone.

She battled with substance abuse

In the documentary, Minnelli also shared her struggles with substance abuse, describing how she habitually consumed a mix of alcoholic beverages that consistently affected her negatively. Initially, she didn’t recognize that she had an addiction problem. Over time, however, it became clear that substance abuse had become deeply ingrained in her daily life.


The Cabaret star also recounted how she made every effort to keep her struggles private, striving to maintain the flawless image she had cultivated for her fans and the public. Despite her internal turmoil, she felt compelled to present a picture-perfect life to the world.

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