Liza Minnelli Enters Rehab For Substance Abuse & Thankfully News Of Her Progress Is Positive
While this news is devastating to hear, at the very least, it sounds like her progress is already promising: According to People, Liza Minnelli has entered a rehab facility in Malibu for substance abuse. The 65-year-old actress, who most recently appeared in Season 4 of Arrested Development in 2013, checked in to a facility in the area "several days" ago, according to TMZ, and has been making "excellent progress" since admittance. A representative for Minnelli confirmed the development, saying:
Minnelli reportedly entered the facility (which remains unspecified) for alcoholism, which she's previously publicly struggled with, along with drug abuse. Minnelli has previously entered rehab multiple for alcohol and drug abuse — most recently in 2004. She's spoken openly about her struggles with addiction in the past, most notably during an episode of Inside The Actors Studio back in 2006. When host James Lipton asked Minnelli why she fell victim to struggles with addictions after seeing the effect it had on her mother, Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland (who tragically died of a drug overdose in 1969), Minnelli said:
While it's saddening to see that Minnelli is still struggling so deeply with substance abuse, it's a good to hear that she's getting the help she needs and making such notably amazing progress in fighting her addictions.