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Lorna Luft Biography
Lorna Luft is an American television, stage, and film actress and singer best known for appearing in her mother’s short-lived television program, The Judy Garland Show when she was barely in her teens.
Luft attended University High School in Los Angeles. She later studied theatre at HB Studio in New York City. Her mother was well-known for ‘The Judy Garland Show’ and Lorna’s first tryst with the show business happened with an appearance on the show. She was in awe of all those camera and lights and decided to walk on her mother’s footsteps as far as a career was concerned. She was a teen at that time and in 1967, Lorna appeared in her mother’s Broadway show titled ‘At Home at Palace’, where both of them sang duets, hypnotizing the audience. Sadly though, it turned out to be their first and last performance together as Judy died two years later in 1969.
Two years later after her mother’s demise, Lorna made her Broadway debut with ‘Promises, Promises’ in 1971. This play was adapted from a popular Billy Wilder film of 1960 titled ‘The Apartment’ and was performed at the Shubert Theatre. The theatre life resonated with Lorna and she used it to get over the trauma of the death of her mother.
In the early 80s, Lorna appeared in a national tour of the Broadway ‘They are Playing our Song’ and in the very next year, she made her film debut with ‘Grease 2’, a musical romantic comedy film.
Her professional life blossomed during the eighties as she was constantly getting offered the best of the shows. She followed up with ‘Extremities’, the play and an off-Broadway production of ‘Snoopy!’ A tryst with television happened in the mid-80s in the form of ‘Trapper John! M.D’ in the final episode and later in 1985, she also had a guest appearance in ‘Murder, She Wrote!’. Throughout the early 90s, she kept herself engaged in ‘Guys and Dolls’, while touring around with it, and receiving applauds. She was getting known as one of the very few performers who could act and sing exceptionally well while having a very solid stage presence.
Lorna Luft Age | How Old Is Lorna Luft?
Luft was born on November 21, 1952, in Santa Monica, California, United States. She is 68 years old as of 2021.
Lorna Luft Height
Luft is an American television, stage, and film actress who stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m) tall.
Lorna Luft Family | Lorna Luft Joey Luft | Lorna Luft Father
Luft was born in Santa Monica, California to a famous performer Judy Garland and producer husband Sidney Luft. She has three siblings, Joey Luft, John Michael Luft, and Andrew Luft. She has a half-sister singer and actress Liza Minnelli.
Lorna Luft Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli is Lorna Luft’s half-sister. Minnelli is an actress and singer best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in Cabaret (1972), and is also famous for her energetic stage presence and her powerful mezzo-soprano singing voice.
Lorna Luft Husband
Luft was married twice, first She got married to musician John Hooker, on 14 February 1977 till 1993, where they divorced. The two have two children. She is currently married to Colin Freeman whom she married on 14 September 1996.
Lorna Luft Children | Lorna Luft Daughter
Luft is a mother of two children; a daughter, Vanessa Hooker, born on September 1990 and a son, Jesse Hooker born on April 1984. Her son is an actor.
Lorna Luft Net Worth
Luft is an American actress and singer who has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand.
Lorna Luft Grease 2
Grease 2 is a 1982 American musical romantic comedy film where Lorna Luft starred in playing the role of Paulette Rebchuck.
Lorna Luft Author
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”.
Lorna Luft Book
- A Star Is Born (Turner Classic Movies): Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away: 2018
- Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir 1998
Lorna Luft Health
On December 17, 2012, Luft discovered a lump on her right breast. “I was in total denial”, she said. Three weeks later, her 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. After reviewing the tests, Agus told her, “I’m looking at your biopsy and I can tell you right now, Lorna, you’re going to be okay.” 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, he 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, he 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 he has since recovered.