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Liza Minnelli to guest star on TV musical drama Smash

Published on Nov 14, 2012 6:19 AM
Cast member Liza Minnelli arrives at the world premiere of the 40th anniversary restoration of the film Cabaret during the opening night gala of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California in this April 12, 2012 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Liza Minnelli will guest star on an episode of TV musical drama Smash, NBC said on Tuesday.

The singer and actress will play herself and sing a number in one episode of the show when it returns in February 2013. The series, starring Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston and Katharine McPhee, dramatises the backstage life of writers, producers and actors working to create a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe.

"Liza Minnelli is the essence of a multi-talented, singular show business sensation, particularly for her extraordinary contributions to Broadway," Mr Robert Greenblatt, the president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

"So what could be more fitting than to have her legendary talent on a show that celebrates a world Liza has dazzled for decades?" he added. The daughter of director Vincente Minnelli and Hollywood legend Judy Garland, Minnelli, 66, is one of a handful of stars to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony award.

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