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Lorna Luft is an actress and singer known for both TV and film roles as well as for being the daughter of Judy Garland.
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Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, appeared in her first Broadway musical, Promises, Promises, in 1971. She made several guest appearances on such shows as Love American Style and The Love Boat and made her film debut with Grease 2 (1982). Luft had success on Broadway before and after a stint in drug and alcohol rehab. She also wrote her autobiography, Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir.
Singer, actress. Born on November 21, 1952, in Santa Monica, California. The daughter of legendary performer Judy Garland, Lorna Luft has worked to carve out her own niche as an entertainer. Some of her first appearances were on her mother’s short-lived television program, The Judy Garland Show, when she was barely in her teens. Her older half-sister Liza Minnelli also appeared on the program as did her younger brother Joey.
In 1967, Luft appeared in her mother’s Broadway show, At Home at the Palace. The two sang duets together as part of the production. Sadly, they did not have another chance to work together. Garland - who had been struggling with a drug problem and depression for years - died of an accidental overdose in 1969. After her mother’s death, Luft had her own problems with drugs. She began partying at clubs and doing cocaine, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Luft appeared in her first Broadway musical, Promises, Promises, by Neil Simon, in 1971. Professionally, she struggled to find her way for some time. She made several guest appearances on such shows as Love American Style, The Love Boat, and McCloud. Also trying to make it in the music business, Luft released the single “Our Day Will Come/Is It Really Love at All” in 1973.
Luft put her vocal talents to use in her film debut with Grease 2 (1982) with Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. The film flopped and so did her next movie project Where the Boys Are ’84. Finding a warmer reception on stage, Luft made her return to the New York theater scene in 1983 with two very different productions. She appeared in the light-hearted musical Snoopy as Peppermint Patty as well as the intense drama Extremities with Farrah Fawcett. Around this time, Luft went to the Betty Ford Clinic to get treatment for her drug and alcohol abuse problems. According to People magazine, she was accompanied by her half-sister Liza who was also facing similar issues.
Trying her hand at series television, Luft joined the cast of the medical drama Trapper John, M.D.
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