“It’s a joy to do because it’s absolutely silly and absolutely outrageous,” Liza Minnelli says in our podcast chat about her role as Lucille Austero, the feisty, fainting-prone, society diva in “Arrested Development.” It’s one of two roles that could nab her Emmy nominations in the guest acting categories. The other is portraying herself in an episode of “Smash” in which she serenades Anjelica Huston, Megan Hilty and Christian Borle in a cozy Broadway saloon.
Liza has her best shot in Guest Comedy Actress with “Arrested Development” thanks to the buzz surrounding the program’s resurrection by Netflix. As the video-streaming service angles to take on the traditional broadcast and cable nets at this year’s Emmys, Liza likes the partnership: “Netflix is right for the show because the show is revolutionary.”
We also chat about her awards history, including her Tony win for “Flora, the Red Menace,” Emmy for “Liza with a Z” and Oscar for “Cabaret.” She keeps the latter at home in an appropriate place: “I have a little den. I put it there, right beside my dad’s” Oscar for directing “Gigi” in 1958.
However, she doesn’t seem to know whatever happened to the miniature, honorary Juvenile Oscar her mother, Judy Garland, received for appearing in “The Wizard of Oz.” Legend has it that it was stolen by a housekeeper when Judy and Vincente Minnelli got divorced.
“I saw it once,” she says. “It was a beautiful little thing. And she was very proud of it. So wherever it is, I hope she’s happy with where it is.”
Below, listen to our full chat and make your predictions for Guest Comedy Actress.