Liza Minnelli to Appear on Fox Comedy
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LOS ANGELES - After 40 years in show business, Liza Minnelli is trying something new. Minnelli, 57, makes her sitcom debut Sunday night on the Fox comedy "Arrested Development," a comedy about a squabbling family united by greed.
Minnelli told AP Radio that sitcom work is "wacky" and the "maddest thing" she's ever done. She says she finally gets to use her comic ability.
Minnelli plays a widowed socialite who ends up getting a crush on Buster, George and Lucille's youngest son. "He has panic attacks and I've got vertigo, I can't see either. Neither of us can see anything without our glasses," Minnelli said.
Minnelli said she thinks it's fine for a woman to date a younger man. "Anybody should date whoever they want to. It's a personal thing and it's their business," she said.
Minnelli's not sure if she will have a permanent role on the show. "You never know. You know things come up and life is full of surprises, and that's what I love," she said. "I love taking new roads and exploring new ways to have fun and to work and to develop spiritually and emotionally and in my work."
On Monday, Minnelli sued her estranged husband David Gest for at least $2 million, claiming that he stole from her. The lawsuit names Gest and two of his companies, David Gest Productions and David Gest & Associates, as defendants. The papers say Gest "continues to possess or benefit from, directly or indirectly, sums rightfully belonging to plaintiff."
Minnelli "asked for an accounting and access to all books and records, which access was denied," say papers filed in Manhattan's State Supreme Court. "On information and belief, the Gest defendants began to take money for themselves."
Minnelli and Gest married March 16, 2002, at a celebrity-studded ceremony that featured best man Michael Jackson carrying the bride's train and Elizabeth Taylor serving as maid of honor.
The two were introduced to each other by Jackson when Gest, a producer and promoter, produced Jackson's 30th anniversary tribute concert for television. They separated last July.
Minnelli, the daughter of Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, has won an Academy Award, an Emmy, two Golden Globes and three Tony Awards. She also has battled substance abuse, weight gain and a near-fatal bout with encephalitis.