What illness is Liza Minnelli suffering from as star attends Oscar 2022?

Disha Kandpal

Liza Minnelli’s appearance at the Oscars 2022 was a bittersweet moment for many fans as the once active performer is now in a wheelchair.

Liza appeared on the 94th Academy Awards stage alongside Lady Gaga. Together, the duo delivered some heartwarming moments in the show, which was otherwise mired by drama and chaos.

The star’s appearance left many of her fans with questions about her health.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: (L-R) Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli speak onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

What illness is Liza Minnelli suffering from?

According to Variety, in the 2000s, doctors diagnosed the American actress and choreographer with a case of viral encephalitis.

Mayo Clinic reveals that encephalitis is the inflammation of the brain and its most common cause is a viral infection.

The condition can cause confused thinking, seizures, and even problems with movement. It can also interfere with an individual’s senses such as sight or hearing.

While the doctors had predicted that Liza would spend most of her life in a wheelchair in 2000, the actress quickly recovered and went on to perform her solo show “Liza’s Back” in New York and London.

TOPSHOT - Actress-singer Lady Gaga (L) and US actress Liza Minnelli announce the Best Picture award onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

A look at Lady Gaga and Liza’s interaction at the Oscars

Liza was assisted by Lady Gaga on the stage as the duo appeared to present the award for Best Picture.

‘Now we are going to show you something else,’ Liza told the audience while giving a sideways glance at the House of Gucci star.

As Liza began to slightly fumble with her words, Lady Gaga swooped in saying ‘we are going to tell you who the nominees are right now,’ speaking over the Cabaret star.

Liza sportingly responded by saying ‘oh good,’ before breaking into laughter. At this, Lady Gaga crouched to her ears whispering, ‘I gotcha,’ and Liza responded with an ‘I Know.’

We must say, that made us smile!

Fans react to Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli’s video

Fans found the moment between Lady Gaga and Hollywood legend Liza extremely heartwarming.

One fan wrote: “Can we talk about this instead? My father had Alzheimer’s. @ladygaga is my hero for doing her best to help Liza Minelli preserve her dignity tonight despite the horrible disease that is trying to rob her of it. Both superstars. #respect

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