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Liza Minnelli is back in rehab at 69 after saying 'I need help'.

LIZA Minnelli is back in rehab for the first time in more than 10 years after fearing she was losing her long fight against booze.

Yesterday the determined 69-year-old film legend was said to be winning the latest round. Her spokesman Scott Gorenstein confirmed the Oscar-winner had checked into a clinic primarily for alcohol issues.

He added: "Liza has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years, and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so. She is making excellent progress."

He said no dramatic incident triggered her admittance but she knew she needed to seek help.

It is unclear how long Liza, one of the few to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy, will stay at the centre in California. She has been in rehab several times, most recently in 2004.

Artist Andy Warhol recalled in a 1978 diary entry how Liza once arrived at a house in New York and demanded of the host: "Give me every drug you've got."

Liza has suffered from alcoholism for years and has also been addicted to prescription drugs. Her mother Judy Garland died at 47 after an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

At the time, a friend of Liza said: "She's living her mother's career all over again, being the biggest star, peaking out in films, the weird marriages, the pills, the booze."

In 2002, court papers revealed alcohol had played a role in her divorce from fourth husband David Gest after just 16 months.

When asked in 2006 why she had succumbed to such addictions after seeing the effect it had on her mother, she replied: "Nobody would do that if they'd seen the things that I'd seen unless they couldn't help it."

Her greatest role came as singer Sally Bowles in the 1972 film version of the musical Cabaret.


FAME GAME Cabaret, right, and in 2012

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 20, 2015
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