Lorna Luft (born November 21, 1952) is an American television, stage, and film actress and singer. She is the daughter of singer and actress Judy Garland and producer Sidney Luft, and half-sister to singer and actress Liza Minnelli.
Luft in May 2010
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, author|
(m. 1977; div. 1993)
|Relatives||Liza Minnelli (maternal half-sister)|
Luft was born in Santa Monica, California. She attended University High School in Los Angeles during her senior year and was a member of the school choir. She studied theatre at HB Studio in New York City.
Stage and televisionEdit
Luft made her show business debut at age 11 singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" on the 1963 Christmas episode of Garland's CBS television series, The Judy Garland Show. Siblings Liza Minnelli and Joey Luft also appeared.
Luft soon joined the family act on a summer concert tour, the highlight being Garland's third and final appearance at New York City's famed Palace Theatre on Broadway in 1967. In this month-long engagement, Garland "shared" the bill with Luft (then 14 years old) and Joey (12 years old). The show was recorded live and released on ABC Records as Judy Garland: At Home At The Palace.
Luft made her Broadway debut in 1971 at the Shubert Theatre as a replacement cast member in the musical Promises, Promises, adapted from the classic 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment. It is best known for the hit song "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".
Luft starred in the 1981 national tour of They're Playing Our Song and in 1982 she played Paulette Rebchuck in Grease 2. In 1983, she played Peppermint Patty in the Off Broadway production of Snoopy!!! The Musical, a sequel to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Later that year, she costarred in Extremities with Farrah Fawcett.
Luft appeared as Nurse Libby Kegler on the CBS television series Trapper John, M.D. during the final season of 1985–1986 and also appeared as Patti Bristol in a 1985 episode of Murder, She Wrote entitled 'Broadway Malady'.
From 1992 through 1994, Luft played Adelaide in the American and world tour productions of Guys and Dolls. In 1996, she appeared in an Irish production of Follies in Dublin with Mary Millar, Alex Sharpe, Christine Scarry, Aidan Conway, Enda Markey, Dave Willetts and Millicent Martin. In 2002, she starred as Mama Rose in a University of Richmond school production of Gypsy.
In November 2006 through January 2007, Luft performed in the UK premiere of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, a new stage adaptation based on the film. She reprised her role in it the next year, playing the Edinburgh Playhouse from November 19 to December 8, 2007 and the Wales Millennium Centre in the Donald Gordon Theatre from December 13, 2007 through January 12, 2008.
Luft appeared in two episodes of the 2007 Logo animated series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All The World.
In October 2007, Luft released her debut CD Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother Taught Me in the United Kingdom. Produced by Barry Manilow and her husband Colin R. Freeman, the album celebrates Garland's music. In 2005 she toured Ireland with her stage show, Songs My Mother Taught Me. In June 2006, she surprised audiences at Carnegie Hall by performing a duet with Rufus Wainwright on the song "After You've Gone" at the end of Wainwright's tribute concert of Garland's triumphant 1961 comeback at Carnegie Hall.
Luft appeared in The Wizard Of Oz, a stage version of the movie that made Garland famous, at The Lowry Centre in Manchester, England. She portrayed the role of the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Margaret Hamilton in the film.
In April 2009, Luft completed a successful UK tour of the critically acclaimed Hugh Whitemore play Pack of Lies, in which she played the role of Helen Kroger. She starred alongside Jenny Seagrove, Simon Shepherd and Daniel Hill. In May 2009, she appeared in W magazine as a special guest performer for the acclaimed avant-garde Theo Adams Company's latest project, 'Performance', photographed by David Sims. In July 2009, she appeared at the Mermaid Theatre, London to record for the radio series Friday Night is Music Night. Lorna Luft and Friends – A Tribute to Judy Garland also featured John Barrowman, Frances Ruffelle and Linzi Hateley.
Luft participates in various children's and AIDS-related charities, including the annual Los Angeles AIDS Walk and The Children's Wish Foundation International. She has been an advocate for drug rehabilitation and has spoken for the Council on Alcohol & Drugs.
In May - July 2015, Luft toured the UK in Judy - The Songbook of Judy Garland, a show highlighting Garland's life and music. The show featured her signature songs and recreations of film scenes from her MGM years.
In films, Luft has appeared in Grease 2 (1982), Where the Boys Are '84 (1984), 54 (1998), and My Giant (1998). She and her brother, Joey, made cameo appearances in the 1963 film I Could Go On Singing.
Luft is the author of the 1998 book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir. Among its revelations is that she had an affair with Barry Manilow in 1971. In 2001, it was adapted as an Emmy-winning TV miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. It stars Judy Davis as the adult Judy, Tammy Blanchard as the teenage Judy, Hugh Laurie as Vincente Minnelli, Victor Garber as Sid Luft, and Marsha Mason as Ethel Gumm. Luft is the co-author (film historian Jeffrey Vance is credited as the other co-author) of the 2018 book, A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away which she describes as "a vivid account of the film classic's production, loss, and reclamation".
In 2013, Luft's radiographer informed her that she had grade-2A breast cancer. She called her close friend, Barry Manilow, who connected her with cancer specialist David Agus. To save her breast, she opted for a lumpectomy followed by adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. She completed her final chemotherapy treatment in 2013.
In June 2015, Luft revealed that her cancer had reemerged. Consequently, the UK tour of Judy - The Songbook of Judy Garland concluded early on July 11, and she returned to the United States for surgical treatment.
In March 2018, Luft was diagnosed with a brain tumour after collapsing following a London performance. In late March, Luft underwent surgery to remove the brain tumour. The surgery was successful, and Luft has since recovered.
|1973||"Our Day Will Come" / "Is It Really Love At All"||Epic Records|
|1978||"Head Over Heels" / "I Did It All For Love"||Private Stock Records|
|1981||"Long Time" / "Something's Got A Hold On My Heart"||DJM Records|
|1981||"Get It Up" / "A Few Dollars More"||Silver Blue Records|
|1984||"Where the Boys Are" / "Prove Me Wrong"||Silver Blue Records|
|1984||"The Whole World's Goin' Crazee" / "Jesse's Theme"||Silver Blue Records|
|1989||"Born Again" / "Born Again (instrumental)"||Dessca Records|
|1995||"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (with Judy Garland) / "The Nearness of You"||Carlton Sounds|
|2011||"When You Wish Upon a Star" (digital single)||Silver Blue Records|
|2007||Songs My Mother Taught Me||First Night Records||UK release|
|2002||Judy Garland: The Concert Years||Kultur Video|
|2002||Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows||Alliance Films|
|2007||Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!: Live from the London Palladium||Geffen Records|
|2009||Lorna Luft: Live in Oz||Ovation Entertainment|
|2012||Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl||Image Entertainment|
Cast albums and compilationsEdit
|1967||Judy Garland at Home at the Palace: Opening Night (live concert recording)||ABC Records||"Bob White", "Jamboree Jones", "Together (Wherever We Go)"|
|1982||Grease 2 (film soundtrack)||RSO Records||Several tracks with cast of Grease 2|
|1990||George & Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy (cast soundtrack)||Elektra Nonesuch Records||"Sam and Delilah", "I Got Rhythm", "Boy! What Love Has Done To Me!"|
|1991||The Christmas Album... A Gift of Hope (various artists)||Children's Records||"A Gift of Hope"|
|1992||Cole Porter: Centennial Gala Concert (live concert recording)||Teldec Records||"Blow, Gabriel, Blow"|
|1996||Stairway to the Stars (live concert recording)||First Night Records||"Not Even Nominated" (Medley)|
|1998||Rick Derringer & Friends (live concert recording)||King Biscuit Entertainment||Several tracks with Rick Derringer and other artists|
|2007||Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (live concert recording)||Geffen Records||"After You've Gone" (with Rufus Wainwright)|
|2011||Matt Dusk: Live from Las Vegas (live concert recording)||Royal Crown Records||"You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You" (with Matt Dusk)|
|1979||"Accidents Never Happen"||Background vocals|
|1980||Several tracks (with Hilly Michaels)||Background vocals|
|1984||Several tracks (with Adrian Zmed)||Background vocals|
|1963||I Could Go On Singing||Girl on Boat||Uncredited role|
|1982||Grease 2||Paulette Rebchuck|
|1984||Where the Boys Are '84||Carole Singer|
|1989||Fear Stalk||Doris||Television film|
|2017||The Fabulous Allan Carr||Herself||Documentary|
|1973||Love, American Style||Margie Currie||Segment: "Love and the Blue Plate Special"|
|1975||McCloud||Marlene Morgan||Episode: "Park Avenue Pirates"|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Patti Bristol||Episode: "Broadway Malady"|
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Sheila Cunningham||Episode: "Children's Zoo"|
|1985–86||Trapper John, M.D.||Nurse Libby Kegler||Main cast (19 episodes)|
|1986||Tales from the Darkside||Christine Matthews||Episode: "The Shrine"|
|1988||Hooperman||Peaches Markowitz||Episode: "The Naked and the Dead"|
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Patsy Dumont||Episode: "If the Shoe Fits"|
|1995||The Nanny||Cousin Susan||Episode: "The Unkindest Cut"|
|1995||Caroline in the City||Travel Agent Mindi||Episode: "Caroline and the Christmas Break"|
|2007–09||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Joanna (voice)||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2014||Sean Saves the World||Francine||Episode: "The Wrath of Sean"|
|July 31 – August 26, 1967||Judy Garland at Home at the Palace||Herself (performer)||Palace Theatre, New York City|
|July 5 – August 14, 1970||The Boy Friend||Unknown||Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta|
|October 1971 – January 1, 1972||Promises, Promises||Fran Kubelik (replacement)||Shubert Theatre, New York City (Broadway)|
|February 16–27, 1976||Eddie Fisher & Lorna Luft in Concert||Herself (performer)||London Palladium, London, England|
|July 1–6, 1980||Grease||Sandy||E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio|
|October 1 – November 16, 1980||Carnival!||Lili||Club Bene Dinner Theater, South Amboy, New Jersey|
|January – July 18, 1981||They're Playing Our Song||Sonia Walsk||US National Tour|
|February 21 – May 1, 1983||Snoopy! The Musical||Peppermint Patty||Lamb's Theatre, New York City (Off-Broadway)|
|July 5 – September 1983||Extremities||Terry||Cheryl Crawford Theatre, New York City (Off-Broadway)|
|April 15–27, 1986||Little Shop of Horrors||Unknown||Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, California|
|June 16 – July 12, 1987||The Unsinkable Molly Brown||Molly Brown||Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Jupiter, Florida|
|December 1, 1987 – January 9, 1988||Mame||Agnes Gooch||Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Jupiter, Florida|
|May 17–27, 1988||Girl Crazy||Kate Fothergill||Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham, Michigan|
|March 18 – May 7, 1990||Jerry Herman's Broadway Years||Herself (performer)||US National Tour|
|December 4–29, 1990||Rainbows & Stars||Herself (performer)||Rockefeller Center, New York City|
|February 27 – May 24, 1992||Hollywood & Broadway||Herself (performer)||UK and European Tour|
|June 23, 1992||Liza and Friends: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.||Herself (performer)||Royal Albert Hall, London, England|
|September 15, 1992 – February 27, 1994||Guys and Dolls||Miss Adelaide||National and World Tour|
|April 12 – July 9, 1995||The Magical World of Musicals||Herself (performer)||UK and European Tour|
|May 16, 1996||Follies||Phyllis Stone||National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland|
|December 6, 1996||Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall||Herself (performer)||Carnegie Hall, New York City|
|May 28, 1999 – present||Songs My Mother Taught Me||Herself (one-woman show)||National and World Tour|
|February 19, 2001||Caged||Female Prisoner||Town Hall, New York City|
|November 21–24, 2002||Gypsy||Mama Rose||University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia|
|December 7, 2006 – January 28, 2007||White Christmas||Martha Watson||Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, England|
|May 29 – July 7, 2007||Babes in Arms||Mrs. Phyllis Owen||Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, Sussex|
|November 19 – December 8, 2007||White Christmas||Martha Watson||Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|December 13, 2007 – January 12, 2008||White Christmas||Martha Watson||Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Wales|
|July 11–13, 2008||Compose Yourself! The Music of Larry Grossman||Herself (performer)||York Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City|
|November 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009||The Wizard of Oz||Wicked Witch of the West||The Lowry, Salford Quays, England|
|February 2 – April 11, 2009||Pack of Lies||Helen Kroger||UK National Tour|
|July 1, 2009||Lorna Luft & Friends: A Tribute to Judy Garland||Herself (performer)||Mermaid Theatre, London, England|
|November 3, 2009 – January 10, 2010||White Christmas||Martha Watson||US National Tour|
|November 16 – December 24, 2011||White Christmas||Martha Watson||Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey|
|October 14 and 21, 2013||Lorna's Pink Party (with special guest Liza Minnelli)||Herself (performer)||Birdland, New York City|
|April 18–19, 2014||An Evening of Movies & Musicals||Herself (special guest)||Aberdeen Music Hall, Aberdeen / Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|April 28, 2015||Follies||Hattie Walker||Royal Albert Hall, London, England|
|May 8 – July 11, 2015||Judy - The Songbook of Judy Garland||Herself (one-woman show)||UK National Tour|
|January 6 and 8, 2016||Lorna Luft Sings American Songbook||Herself (one-woman show)||Feinstein's/54 Below, New York City|
|June 22–25, 2016||Lorna Luft Celebrates Pride Week||Herself (one-woman show)||Feinstein's/54 Below, New York City|
|November 12, 2016 – January 1, 2017||White Christmas||Martha Watson||US National Tour|
|February 14, 2017||Lorna Luft Sings the Judy Garland Songbook||Herself (one-woman show)||McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, California|
|April 6–8, 2017||Lorna Luft Sings American Songbook||Herself (one-woman show)||Feinstein's/54 Below, New York City|
|November 24 – December 31, 2017||Holiday Inn||Louise||5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington|
- HB Studio Alumni
- Judy Garland: At Home at the Palace (show) at Internet Broadway Database
- Judy Garland: At Home at the Palace (recording) at Allmusic
- "Lorna Luft - Broadway Cast & Staff". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
- The New York Times, Display ad, February 21, 1983, p. C12
- Luft 1998, p. 321.
- "Extremities". Lortel Archives. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
- Stern, Danielle (April 23, 2009). "Theo Adams: More Liza Minnelli than Marilyn Manson". W. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
- Lorna Luft biography Archived May 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine at her official website, "Theatre and Concerts" section
- Luft, Lorna (May 1, 1998). Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir. Living with the Legacy of Judy Garland. New York City: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671018993.p. 20
- Luft, Lorna; Vance, Jeffrey (September 18, 2018). A Star Is Born (Turner Classic Movies): Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away. S.l.: Running Press Adult. ISBN 9780762464814.
- Barber, Richard (November 16, 2013). "I'd never have survived breast cancer if it wasn't for my best friend Barry Manilow (and sister Liza): Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft on ten months of tears and pain". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
- "Judy Garland Songbook tour shortened due to Luft cancer surgery". What's On Stage. June 23, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
- "Lorna Luft's Breast Cancer Reemerges, JUDY UK Tour to Wrap Run Early". Broadway World. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
- "Lorna Luft diagnosed with brain tumour after collapsing". The Guardian. London. Press Association. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.