Liza Minnelli admitted to rehab in Malibu

Liza Minnelli is back in rehab.

The performer’s publicist confirmed Minnelli had checked herself into a treatment facility.

The Cabaret star is primarily receiving treatment for alcohol abuse, US entertainment website TMZ says.

Minnelli, who turned 69 last week, has dealt with alcohol addiction and prescription drug abuse for much of her career. She was last admitted to rehab in 2004.

Her publicist, Scott Gorenstein, told media her decision to seek help was not triggered by a specific incident.

“Liza Minnelli has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years and whenever she has needed to seek treatment she has done so,” Mr Gorenstein said.

“She is currently making excellent progress at an undisclosed facility.”

The unnamed centre is reportedly in Malibu, Los Angeles County.

Minnelli – internationally regarded as a cultural and gay icon – won a Best Actress Academy Award in 1973 for her role in Cabaret. She has also won three Tony Awards for her Broadway performances. In 1990, she was named a Grammy Living Legend.

She continues to perform and in recent years has made guest appearances on the television series Arrested Development.

Minnelli’s mother, the acclaimed singer and actress Judy Garland, also struggled with substance abuse and died of a barbiturate overdose in 1969.

According to a 2011 profile in The Times of London, Minnelli has at various times been addicted to alcohol, Valium, cocaine and sleeping pills, and had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous for “a long, long time, every single day”.

She knocked back a reported $500,000 to appear in Celebrity Rehab in 2010.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.