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Liza Minnelli’s Wheelchair Appearance at the Oscars

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 10, 2022
09:00 P.M.

Liza Minnelli's health issue was speculated when she made a wheelchair appearance at the Oscars. She looked shaken as she sat on stage with Lady Gaga by her side, and it was later revealed that she was "sabotaged."


Liza Minnelli and her sibling, Lorna Luft, chose to honor their late mom Judy Garland, who would have hit the 100 years milestone on June 10 by creating a fragrance that is as inclusive as she had been.

The fragrance was created by perfume developer and cosmetic chemist Vincenzo Spinnato, who created a unisex perfume that pays homage to Garland's legacy. Spinnato was always a big fan of Garland, so he wanted to ensure that he could capture her essence even though he had limited time to do it.

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli speak onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli speak onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

According to him, he was only convinced that he had gotten it right after Minnelli took a whiff of the fragrance and declared that "It Smells Like Mama!"



Liza Minnelli was called upon to announce the Oscar winner for Best Picture in this year's edition, but when she took the stage, she did so while seated in a wheelchair, prompting concern about her health.


She looked beautiful in a midnight black dress with fuschia cuffs, and her jet black hair was styled in a short bob. The talented actress complemented the gorgeous outfit with silver bracelets, shiny diamond studs, and minimal makeup.

Her fashion was perfect, but as she and Lady Gaga did their thing on stage, Minnelli looked nervous and seemed out of it, making several mistakes which the charming Lady Gaga quickly smoothed over.


Shortly after the event was concluded, Michael Feinstein, a friend of hers, revealed that she had been "sabotaged" because she had refused to appear at the Oscars except she would be in the director's chair. This was because she had some back problems and was uninterested in exposing such vulnerability on stage.

Minnelli reportedly stated that she wanted to look her best and did not want anyone worrying about her health, but just before she went on stage, the stage manager said that she had to be in a wheelchair. This was not what she wanted, and Minnelli said as much.


She allegedly refused to do it, but the managers, who had been "shaken up" by the drama that ensued an hour earlier, were prepared for that eventuality, so they told her it was the wheelchair or nothing.

Eventually, she agreed to do her part, but the actress looked extremely shaken because she had to appear like that before such a crowd when it was not what she wanted.



In the past, Minnelli has had to deal with life-threatening health complications, including a hiatal hernia, a stroke, pneumonia, and viral encephalitis that robbed her of her ability to walk and talk.

The Hollywood icon has also received a lot of surgeries, including one in 2007 that saw her jawbone reconstructed after she took a nasty fall.


One exciting thing about the "Cabaret" star is her unfaltering zeal to get back up whenever she was told it was the end of the line. In 2000, she was told she would never walk again, but she made a miraculous recovery and performed at a solo concert she called "Liza's Back."

To this day, the star continues to work and is as healthy as they come, except for the occasional back pain, which can be blamed on her old age.



As earlier stated, Minnelli and her sibling recently revealed the new fragrance they had Vincenzo Spinnato create in honor of their late mother. According to Minnelli, her sister, Luft, had come up with the idea, so she gave her all the details she thought they would need, and Luft kept her posted.

Luft made sure the fragrance was unisex to express her mom's inclusivity, and she described the process as "exciting,” “difficult,” and “very quick.” The end product also hit her with bouts of nostalgia, making her feel like the late Garland was close.

The whole process took a year, and now it is ready. A limited-edition $140 bottle will hit stores on June 10, while a permanent collection of bottles worth $160 will be made available this fall on judygarlandfragrance.com.

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