Monday, June 11, 2012 | 4:06 p.m.Las Vegas veteran and regular Liza Minnelli commemorated what would’ve been her mother’s 90th birthday Sunday -- Judy Garland died in 1969. Liza said: “Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives.
“She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about ourselves until she exquisitely translated them to us with her voice. She is to be missed deeply, yes … but, what if we never had her? That’s what we celebrate today. Mama gave each and every one of us the gift of hope, laughter and love.”
On Sunday, Liza, a four-time Tony Award winner, attended the Gershwins’ “Porgy & Bess,” whose lyrics were co-written by her godfather Ira Gershwin. She also stopped backstage after the show to wish the cast good luck at Sunday night’s Tony Awards.
The show was nominated for 10 awards at the 66th annual Broadway ceremony, where it won “Best Revival of a Musical” and Best Actress for Audra McDonald. Liza heads to England today, where she’ll perform Thursday at the Hampton Court Palace Festival.