Liza Minnelli

Minnelli in 2012, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Liza May Minnelli

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 12, 1946

Ethnicity: French-Canadian (one quarter), Italian/Sicilian (one eighth), English, Irish, 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). Her maternal half-sister is actress and singer Lorna Luft.

Liza’s father was of one quarter Sicilian, one half French-Canadian, with the rest English and Scottish, descent. Liza’s mother had English, 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 Mary/Marie-Émilie Odile Lalouette dit Lebeau (the daughter of Flavien/Flavin Charles Lalouette dit Lebeau and Emilie/Emelia Carolina 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 Avent “Frank” Gumm (the son of William Tecumseh Gumm and Elizabeth Clementine “Clemmie” Baugh). Francis was born in Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee. William was the son of John Alexander Gum and Martha Wade. Clementine was the daughter of John Aldridge Baugh and Mary Ann Marable.

Liza’s maternal grandmother was Ethel Marian/Marion Milne (the daughter of John Milne and Evelyn M. “Eva” Fitzpatrick). Ethel was born in Michigamme, Marquette, Michigan. John was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, to Scottish parents, Charles Milne, from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and Mary Kelso, from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. Evelyn was born in Massena, St. Lawrence, New York, to a Canadian father, Hugh Fitzpatrick, from Cornwall, Stormont, Ontario, who was of Irish descent, and to a mother, Mary Elizabeth Harriott/Harriet, from Dublin, Fingal, Ireland.

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

Genealogies of Liza Minnelli –

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

Genealogy of Liza’s mother –


Curious about ethnicity

15 Responses

  1. Jen says:

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

  2. stefania says:

    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.

  3. vasfije says:

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

  4. jessica says:

    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.

  5. SCSASF says:

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

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