Glam Slam: Liza’s Iconic ‘Cabaret’ Style

I got to meet a true icon when Liza Minnelli stopped by our studio. Yep. THE one and only Liza-with-a-Z. Now that’s Hollywood Royalty! She was here to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bob Fosse-directed classic “Cabaret,” and Liza’s famous role as showgirl Sally Bowles.

“It is sexy, man,” she said of the film. “Sally would say it’s ‘divinely decadent.’ I can’t believe it’s such a good movie! And I know I’m in it, but I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

A huge part of it, obviously! Liza made an indelible impression as Sally Bowles, showgirl at the Kit Kat Klub in 1930s Berlin.

“I was cast as Sally Bowles. I knew I could do it, but I didn’t know quite how. I still felt completely unsexy and unattractive and Bob Fosse had to teach me all of these things like how to, the moves you know.”

Liza unsexy? She makes the perfect Sally. Who can forget the sexy showgirl wardrobe? The ’20s-style hair. The signature heavy eye makeup and red lips.

“I created the makeup myself with a lady called Christina Smith,” Liza revealed. “In fact, the night before we started shooting, I put on all the lashes and dyed my hair black and put it in a point and everything, and went across the hall to Fosse’s room. We were all staying at this hotel, and I knocked and said, ‘So what do you think?’ And he went, ‘What did you…?’” Liza demonstrated how the director paused to take a look at her and then gave his approval. “‘Yes!’ he said of the look,” Liza laughs. “It was really funny!”

Liza told many fun stories during her visit and even did a sexy dance with Billy Bush. Afterward, she stayed and posed for photos with us—such a sweetie and a trooper, and it was just such a thrill to meet her in person—even if only briefly.

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