Well, my mother really that was her big break was I said to my mom ‘You got to hear this singer, mom, she’s just great. She sings in a key nobody’s ever sung in.’
And I took my mom to the Coconut Grove to hear Streisand and there were a whole bunch of people at the table saying ‘Well, we don’t know if she’s any good or not, you know, she’s funny looking’ and she’s this and she’s that. And I’m like this because I know what funny- looking means. You’re not typical. You’re not typical.
She walked on the stage. She sang the first eight bars of her opening song and my mother turned to the people around the table and said, ‘You’re all crazy and I want her on my show.’ And I felt so great because my mom knew talent.
Liza Minnelli on Barbra Streisand