Liza Minnelli committed to performing at a cancer benefit on Monday. Although her wrist was broken in three places, the entertainer appeared on stage with a smile.
For the first time in 20 years, Minnelli and her sister Lorna Luft performed together. Luft, age 60, is currently suffering with breast cancer. The Birdland jazz club performance will benefit the The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund.
The Broadway legend reportedly broke her wrist during Sunday’s rehearsal. As reported by E online, her doctors advised her against performing. Minnelli ignored their recommendation, stating that “nothing was going to stop” her from performing at the benefit.
Liza Minnelli made a promise, and she was not willing to let her sister down. Luft specifically asked her sister to perform with her at the event.
Earlier this year, Luft publicly announced her cancer diagnosis. Although she has received treatment, she still struggles with the disease. Luft says maintaining a positive attitude is difficult. However, it is essential in recovery:
“… it’s really easy to curl up in a ball, and stay in bed… The hard part is saying I’m not going to do this and I’m going to fight this… It’s amazing how your attitude really will lead to your recovery.”
Luft was forced to cease performing during her treatment. The charity performance was important to her, as it marked her return to the stage. Performing with her sister for the first time in 20 years made the evening even more memorable.
As reported by USA Today, Minnelli performed with her left arm in a cast, which was wrapped with pink ribbon. Following the stunning duet, the Broadway legend returned to the hospital for further treatment.
Both sisters are talented singers and actresses. They are the daughters of the legendary Judy Garland.
Liza Minnelli’s performance underlined her strong will and a deep love for her sister.