Liza Minnelli checks into rehab for substance abuse treatment

Legendary singer-actress has battled alcohol and drug addiction throughout her career

Liza Minnelli has checked into a rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for substance abuse.

The Cabaret star, 69, has battled alcohol and drug addiction throughout her career and in a 2006 TV interview described her addiction as a “disease”. Her mother, Judy Garland, died in 1969 at the age of 47 from a barbiturates overdose.

The singer-actress’s representative said in a statement to the press yesterday (March 18): “Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so. She is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility.”

Singer-actress Minnelli won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1972 for her performance in iconic movie-musical Cabaret. During her career she has also won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, three Tonys and a Grammy Living Legend Award.

Her most recent film appearance came with a cameo in 2010’s Sex And The City 2, during which she performed a cover of Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’. The same year, she released her first studio album in nearly 15 years, ‘Confessions’.