With parents like Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, Liza was always going to be a big hitter in the movie world but she was also a real style icon of the 1970s.

Her first major film role was in the movie ‘Journey Back to Oz‘: an animation sequel to ‘The Wizard  of Oz’ where she voiced the role of Dorothy (who’s original part in the MGM movie was of course played by her mother Judy Garland). The film was made in 1971 but because of post-production delays wasn’t relesaed until after she hit international stardom in the role of Sally in Cabaret*.

*And if you haven’t seen Cabaret you need to get yourself a copy of it to watch RIGHT NOW. I’ll wait here while you do it. It’s up there on my ‘Top 10 Movies that Everyone HAS to See’. I’m not sure what else is on there right now (I’ll give that some thought) but Cabaret definitely is!

It was Minelli’s role in the uber-stylish Cabaret which cemeted her as a 70s style icon. With her sharp jet-black bob and huge spidery eyes she provided a real contrast to the fashion for bronzed blonde bombshells of the decade like Farrah Fawcett.

Take a look at her in action in the clip below – wasn’t she fabulous in that role? Have a great Friday everyone, and don’t forget: Life is a Cabaret, old chum!

1970s Style Icons: Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland photographed in 1951. Liza would have been aged about 5 in this photo.

1970s Style Icons: Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli in full Cabaret mode from her 1973 Liza With a Z television special.

1970s Style Icons: Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles from the film Cabaret.

1970s Style Icons: Liza Minnelli

Publicity photo of Liza from 1973

Image source and copyright: 1, 2, 3, 4, This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.