09:06 EST, 21 February 2015
10:21 EST, 21 February 2015
Liza Minnelli was a guest of honour at the LA Italia Film Festival closing night gala on Friday night.
actress looked every inch the theatrical icon that she is celebrated to
be as she worked the red carpet at the Chinese 6 in Hollywood.
The 68-year-old sported a chic purple ensemble as she teamed a purple trousers with a matching top and shawl.
saw Liza explain to New York Post columnist Cindy Adams that she injured
herself 'picking up my dogs' and had to undergo surgery.
couldn’t go to Joan Rivers’ funeral, which I desperately wanted to
because I loved her — but I couldn’t go because I can’t walk. I’m in
bed. Going in for surgery,' the Oscar winner said.
'I broke my
lower back. Remember a few years ago I was in a wheelchair because I had
trouble with my spine? They operated on it then. Well, now, again.
They’ll have to fuse it.'
The Broadway legend then elaborated as to the specifics of the incident.
was picking up my dogs — and they jumped. And I got twisted and fell. I
thought it’s nothing. But it wasn’t nothing. It became something. After
an X-ray, seems I busted it and have to have it fused. The operation’s
star has battled health issues for years and was even forced to cancel
several concert dates last year for an undisclosed issue.
the past she's also undergone two hip replacements, received a new knee
and in 2000 recovered from viral encephalitis, a potentially deadly
swelling of the brain.
the daughter of legendary actress Judy Garland and film director
Vincente Minnelli, shot to fame when she starred in the 1972 film
version of the Broadway musical Cabaret, for which she won the Academy
Award for Best Actress.