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    EXCLUSIVE: Stepping out! Liza Minnelli is all smiles as she ditches her wheelchair and WALKS out of famed Hollywood eatery (with some assistance) after concerns over the legendary actress’ health

    Liza Minnelli shocked fans as she walked out of a Hollywood eatery Thursday evening after concerns that she was wheelchair-bound. 

    The actress was all smiles and chatted with photographers as two men from her entourage helped her walk to the car after a late dinner at upscale restaurant Craig’s.

    The 76-year-old icon has only been seen in a wheelchair recently, and even appeared seated in the chair on the Oscars stage earlier this year alongside Lady Gaga

    But there was little sign of ailments Thursday as the star, dressed in velvet black pants with a bright red top, greeted DailyMail.com. 

    ‘Hi guys!’ she happily said, and when asked if she was coming out with a new song, without missing a beat she replied, ‘I’ve been coming out with new songs since I was born!’

    Liza Minnelli, 76, was seen leaving dinner at Craig’s in Los Angeles Thursday

    The actress ditched her wheelchair and walked with the help of two men

    She was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in 2000, which can cause weakness or loss of movement in parts of the body

    The 76-year-old icon has only been seen in a wheelchair recently, and even appeared seated in the chair on the Oscars stage earlier this year alongside Lady Gaga 

    Minnelli was all smiles and chatted with photographers as she strutted to the car

    When asked if she was coming out with a new song, without missing a beat she replied, ‘I’ve been coming out with new songs since I was born!’

    Liza was asked if she had heard Britney Spears and Elton John’s new song Hold Me Closer. She exclaimed ‘No!’ and turned to her friend to ask about it. 

    ‘I love Britney.’ Liza said. 

    The legendary singer was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in 2000, which can cause weakness or loss of movement in parts of the body as well as difficulty speaking, confusion or disorientation, seizures and loss of consciousness. 

    In a 2004 interview with NBC’s Dateline, Liza said: ‘I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t talk, and they told me I wouldn’t ever again.’

    But she appeared to be doing better in subsequent years and returned to Broadway to hold a concert at the Palace Theatre titled Liza’s at The Palace… in New York City.  

    But it was Liza’s appearance at this year’s Academy Awards in a wheelchair that raised concern among her fans. 

    During the presentation, Liza at times had trouble reading her lines, though Lady Gaga helped her along.

    ‘I got you,’ she said sweetly to the stage and screen veteran, to which Liza replied, ‘I know.’ 

    Viewers at home applauded Gaga’s kindness on social media. 

    In July DailyMail.com spotted Liza being escorted in a wheelchair. Two friends were seen helping the actress get into a black SUV

    The legendary singer was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in 2000 and is seen here in a wheelchair in 2003 with husband David Gest 

    It was Liza’s appearance at this year’s Academy Awards in a wheelchair that raised concern among her fans

    Then in July, DailyMail.com spotted Liza being escorted in a wheelchair. 

    Two friends were seen helping the actress get into a black SUV.

    At the time, this was the first time Liza had been seen out in public since appearing on the Oscars stage. 

    Liza’s close friend, musician Michael Feinstein, claimed she was meant to sit on stage in a director’s chair, but instead was ‘forced’ to appear in a wheelchair, which left her flustered and ‘discombobulated.’

    Although Liza may not have presented herself in the manner that she hoped for, the audience was clearly excited to see the actress and gave her a standing ovation as she arrived on stage with Lady Gaga. 

    ‘Do you see that? The public, they love you,’ said the Poker Face singer as she got the card with the winner ready.

    It’s been 50 years since her 1972 classic Cabaret came out. The performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress

    Liza’s former rep Scott Gorenstein said that he’d been approached by Oscars officials who hoped to bring the legend to the show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cabaret.

    ‘I wanted to remind people who she is,’ Gorenstein said of his client, who has kept a low profile in recent years, with her last acting credit in Arrested Development in 2013.

    ‘Liza is living her best life, not having to be in front of the cameras,’ Gorenstein said. ‘She’s been under tremendous pressure her entire life to perform for audiences. The past couple of years have allowed her to relax and enjoy another phase of her life. She has had some health problems.’

    He continued: ‘However, when an opportunity comes in front of me that says, ‘Would Liza Minnelli like to present the Best Picture Oscar with Lady Gaga?’ the quiet life goes out of the window! Liza is a legend and she deserves to be at the Academy Awards, so I put it in front of her people and recommended that she do it. I said it would be an historic occasion.’

    Liza Minnelli walks out of eatery after concerns that she was wheelchair-bound 

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