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Liza Minnelli Seen Smoking & Singing Before 'Sabotaged' Oscars Presentation

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By MLC on April 28, 2022 at 1:15 PM EDT

Liza Minnelli was living her BEST life on the night of the 2022 Oscars.

The Broadway icon took the stage at the 94th Annual Academy Awards on March 27 with Lady Gaga.

The triple threats presented the award for “Best Picture.”

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Liza & Gaga Take The Stage

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However, upon taking the stage, many fans and viewers were shocked to see Liza getting pushed out in a wheelchair by Gaga.

Now, new video shows the “Cabaret” star singing, smoking and having a grand ole time before even arriving to the award show.

Liza’s longtime friend and confidant, Michael Feinstein, shared a video to Facebook on April 26 in which the Broadway star is thoroughly enjoying herself.

He captioned the video, “Just found this on my phone. Liza on her way to the Oscars, happy and excited.

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Liza Was Sining & Smoking Her Way To The Oscars

Liza had a lit cigarette in one hand while she belted out a “A Great Day.” This video shows a much different side of Liza than what viewers saw at the Oscars.

She seemed a bit confused, disoriented and had trouble remembering her lines.

Earlier this month, Feinstein said his friend was “sabotaged” by the Oscars.

Feinstein sat down with SiriusXM’s “Jess Cagle Show,” and said, “She was sabotaged. Now, that’s a terrible word to use, but she only agreed to appear on the Oscars if she could be in the director’s chair.”

Liza’s friend continued to say that she was in the director’s chair before taking the stage, but minutes before she was set to go on, a stage manager “forced” her into a wheelchair.

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Liza Was SABOTAGED By The Oscars Stage Managers

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“She’s been having back trouble and she said, ‘I don’t want people to see me limping out there. I want to look good. I don’t want people to worry about me,’” he further explained.

He attributes the forceful behavior to stage hands being “shaken up” by the Smith/Rock showdown.

“The stage manager said, ‘Well, she has to be in a wheel chair,’” Feinstein claims.

He alleged that his friend pleaded with producers before taking the stage with Gaga to present the “Best Picture Award.”

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“She was nervous. I mean, and it made her look like she was out of it. And she was just so shaken up that it was. Can you imagine being suddenly forced to be seen by millions of people the way you don’t wanna be seen? That’s what. Happened to her,” Liza’s friend said.

Despite the shake up, Feinstein said Liza is “really doing well.”

To add more truth to this statement, the “Cabaret” star’s former publicist, Scott Gorenstein, told The Post, “Liza is living her best life, not having to be in front of the cameras.”

“She’s been under tremendous pressure her entire life to perform for audiences,” he continued. “The past couple of years have allowed her to relax and enjoy another phase of her life.”

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