Liza Minnelli

by ethnic on August 27, 2009

Birth Name: Liza May Minnelli

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 12, 1946

Ethnicity: Sicilian (paternal great-grandfather), French-Canadian (paternal grandmother), English, with some Irish and Scottish

Liza Minnelli is an American actress and singer. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Cabaret (1972).

She is the daughter of director Vincente Minnelli (Lester Anthony Minnelli) and actress/singer Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm).

Liza’s father was of one quarter Sicilian, one half French-Canadian, with the rest English and Scottish, descent. Liza’s mother had English, and some Irish and Scottish, ancestry.

Liza’s paternal grandfather was Vincent/Vincente Charles Minnelli (the son of Vincenzo/Vincenze Minnelli and Nina/Maria P. Picket/Pickett). Liza’s grandfather Vincent was born in Ohio. Liza’s great-grandfather Vincenzo was Italian. Nina was born in Ohio or Kentucky, and was the daughter of Albert Pickett and Anna Resnor.

Liza’s paternal grandmother was Mina Marie/Mary Émilie Odile Lalouette dit Lebeau (the daughter of Flavien Charles Lalouette dit Lebeau and Emilie Cadieux). Mina was born in Illinois. Flavien was born in Québec, Canada, the son of Narcisse Lalouette dit Lebeau and Catherine Charlebois. Emilie was the daughter of Jean Felix Cadieux and Carolina McColleck/McCulloch.

Liza’s maternal grandfather was Francis/Frank Avent Gumm (the son of William Tecumseh Gumm and Elizabeth Clementine/Clemintine/Clemmie W. Baugh). Francis was born in Tennessee. William was the son of John Alexander Gum and Eliza Martha Wade or Barrett. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Aldridge Baugh and Mary Ann Marable.

Liza’s maternal grandmother was Ethel Marian/Marion Milne (the daughter of John B. Milne and Evelyn/Eva Marion Fitzpatrick). Ethel was born in Michigan. John was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, to Scottish parents, Charles Milne and Mary Kelso, his father from Aberdeen and his mother from Ayrshire. Evelyn was born in New York, to a Canadian father, Hugh Fitzpatrick, who was of Irish descent, and to a mother, Mary Elizabeth Harriot/Harriott/Harriet, from Dublin, Ireland.

Sources: A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli (2010), by Mark Griffin

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Genealogy of Liza’s father –

Liza’s paternal grandfather, Vincent/Vincente Charles Minnelli, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Liza’s mother –

photo by kathclick/

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andrew December 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm
neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 4:37 am


California July 12, 2015 at 1:48 am

She looks like a white NeNe Leakes.

fuzzybear44 June 3, 2013 at 2:25 am

I had no idea Liza was judy’s daughter.However now looking at their faces,I don’t see how I didn’t notice

follers June 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

To ethnic – you mean all 391? Haha. A couple of comments I made today all went into moderation, but they’re up now.

christianz June 15, 2012 at 6:17 am

this woman is and had been awesome

she looks like a typical italian woman

her nose is a sicilian one

andrew June 2, 2013 at 10:43 am

So Vincente Minnelli was just 1/4 Italian? Wikipedia says “Minnelli’s Chicago-born mother was of French Canadian descent with a strong probability of Native American (Anishinaabe) lineage included via her Mackinac Island, Michigan born mother.”

ethnic June 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Are you sure? All the ones in moderation are edits to posts.

andrew May 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm


Mark Griffin – A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli.


Alice January 25, 2012 at 7:33 am

Ethel Marian Milne, Judy’s mother was Scottish on her father’s side and Irish from her mother Eva Fitzpatrick.

danaeSUCKS February 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

It’s actually ITALIAN not sicilian, her blood might be from sicilia but sicilia isn’t a country so someone should change this to ITALIAN and not sicilian. I have sicilian blood myself but I don’t say sicilian I say italian.

Jen August 2, 2010 at 2:05 am

Her mother also had scottish in her, not just irish :)

stefania June 20, 2010 at 6:30 am

scsasf are u retarded or what i’m italian and my boyfriend is sicilian sicilian is the same shit as italian u dunb ass same thing for corsican people they are own b the french people in france so they are french u fucking stupid.

vasfije May 26, 2010 at 8:08 am

JOHN CENA I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. [email protected] je taime mon coeur john cena

jessica March 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I’ve heard that too, but I have great-grandparents from both Sicily and Italy and when people ask of my heritage, I just say Italian. When I say “Sicilian” a lot of people go, “Oh that’s cool, I have some friends who are Italian.” So I just assumed that both were somewhat the same. No one debate or yell at me, I’m just explaining a story is all lol.

SCSASF January 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

Sicilian is not Italian and will never be. Sicilian are a very mixed people and are their own people.

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