Hollywood Legends and the Artists She Loved – Hollywood Life
Liza Minnell had a rather illustrious life, with four marriages to prominent men and many lovers and relationships in between. As for the husbands, Liza was married to the songwriter Stone Allentelevision director and producer Jack Haley Jr.sculptor Marc Geroand producer David Gest.
“I have a great taste for directors and people for costumes. But when it comes to husbands, I think I kept changing for them. And then about a year later, I was like, ‘What am I doing? It’s really not me,” the actress and singer told Oprah in 2010.
Here’s what you need to know about Liza’s four husbands.
Liza’s first marriage was to Stone Allenmusician, songwriter and stage performer, in 1967, when Liza was only 21 years old. Peter rose to prominence as part of the musical duo The Allen Brothers, discovered by Liza’s mother, Judy Garlandin 1964. Judy helped the brothers gain popularity and success in the United States and the United Kingdom and is said to have been responsible for liaison between Liza and Peter.
After eight years together, the couple separated in 1974, although they had already separated in 1969. Peter was then in a relationship with Gregory Connell for over a decade until Gregory’s death in 1984. Peter then died in 1992 from AIDS-related throat cancer.
In a 1996 interview with the lawyer quoted in the book David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music, Liza commented on Peter’s sexuality. “[I] married Peter and he didn’t tell me he was gay. Everyone knew except me. And I found out… well, let me put it this way: I’ll never catch anyone coming home as long as I live. I’ll call first!” she said.
Jack Haley Jr.
Liza’s second marriage was to fellow Hollywood royalty, Jack Haley Jr.when she was 28 on September 15, 1974. The pair had an interesting connection through their parents, as Jack’s father played the Tin Man in 1939 The Wizard of Oz – where Liza’s mother, Judy, made her mark as Dorothy.
Jack has worked extensively in television, winning the Peabody Awards for docuseries Biography. He also won an Emmy for producing the 41st Academy Awards. In addition, he has had several film and television projects, such as Life goes to the movies, which featured Liza as a co-host. He also produced Move with Nancy with Nancy Sinatra and the MGM Compilation Movie It’s entertainment! which also featured Liza.
In a 2008 article by The Guardian, Jack and Liza’s relationship turned out to be mostly about camaraderie “Haley was husband number two and straight, but they were friends rather than lovers.” After five years of marriage, the couple broke up in 1979. Jack died aged 67 in April 2001 from respiratory arrest.
“Jack was the first to remind the general public of our heritage. American royalty is our artists, who have given so much to the world. I fell in love with him the first time I met him, and have loved him with all my heart ever since,” Liza said upon his passing. by Variety.
Liza’s third marriage was to the sculptor Marc Gero whose success Frank Gero, Broadway Producerwho worked on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Oleanna, and Constant rain. The couple married in 1979 when Liza was 33 and, compared to their past relationships, the two were very private. A 1990 feature film in Architectural Summaryyet, shared details about their Manhattan home, and even featured an appearance by the designer (and Liza’s best friend) Halstonwho had introduced the couple to the interior designer Timothy Macdonald.
“I guess our professional relationship started out pretty unorthodox,” Liza told the outlet. “A good friend of mine, Halston, knew in his clever way that I was looking for a designer, but I would hate to go to someone’s office and be shown samples. So he invited Tim and me to the same dinner, and we hit it off right away. I had already found the apartment, and when I brought Tim here, he looked over and said, “Great. Then we left and ran immediately.
Liza’s most recent marriage was to the producer David Gest. The pair were reportedly introduced via Liza’s good friend michael jackson, by The Washington Post. David had produced a series of TV specials for Michael and was very successful in the entertainment industry.
Liza and David were married on March 16, 2002 and, according to E!, the wedding cost around $3.5 million. Liza, who was 56 at the time, also wore a wedding dress designed by Bob Macky.
David worked as Liza’s manager and helped plan a comeback tour for the Cabaret star in 2002, according to BNC News. Things went downhill for the couple, however, as their marriage progressed, as David accused Liza of physically assaulting him in alcohol-fueled tantrums — something Liza vehemently denied. David then filed a $10 million lawsuit against her while Liza responded with his own suit. The legal battle between them lasted for years, but was finalized in 2007 with a no-fault divorce and settled lawsuits. David died aged 62 in 2016.
During Go to Hollywood interview in 2012, Liza expressed her reluctance to marry another time. “If you even hear that I’m getting married, hit me on the head and take me away!” she joked. “You’re trying to fit in because you love someone… [and] today why marry? Nobody else does. It’s not like I want to have children, I tried that, it didn’t work out unfortunately.