Lorna Luft

Lorna Luft

The subject of mini series Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
LORNA LUFT has had an extremely diversified career spanning more than thirty-five years in show business. Audiences who’ve experienced her performance in the new production, Songs My Mother Taught Me, are calling her “a new legend”, praising her talent as explosive, magical, dramatically riveting and label her one of the most vibrant, versatile and exciting artists on stage today.The world first discovered Lorna through her delightful appearances on her mother’s landmark CBS television series, The Judy Garland Show. In typical showbiz fashion she was soon asked to join the family act on a summer concert tour, the highlight being Garland’s third and final appearance at New York's famed Palace Theater on Broadway. In this legendary month-long engagement Judy Garland shared the bill with her children, Lorna and Joe. This show was recorded live and subsequently released as Judy Garland At Home At The Palace--Opening Night. After high school Lorna studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and at nineteen eagerly returned to the Broadway stage to star in the Neil Simon hit musical Promises, Promises. Her performance earned the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) "Rising Star of the Year" Award. Lorna continued on the NY stage when she starred as "Peppermint Patty" in the musical Snoopy and then she took a dramatic turn alongside Farrah Fawcett in Extremities. In addition to regional theatre and international productions of The Boy Friend, Grease, Carnival, Little Shop of Horrors, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Follies, Girl Crazy, Mame and Gypsy, she starred in the national tours of They're Playing Our Song, Jerry Herman's Broadway Years, and as "Miss Adelaide" in Jerry Zaks' national and world tour productions of Guys & Dolls (earning her a Carbonell Award for Best Supporting Actress.)Concurrent with her career in theatre, Lorna is also a gifted concert performer. She made her solo debut at the historic Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Since then she conquered all major nightclubs around the world such as the Eden Roc, the Playboy Club, the Grand Finale, the Maisonnette, the Latin Casino, the Cinegrill, Talk of the Town, Studio One, Feinstein's, the Imperial Room, and played three consecutive years at New York's Rainbow & Stars. Her exuberant concert engagements have introduced her to the world’s most prestigious venues including triumphant performances at The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The London Palladium, Blenheim Palace and Prince Edward Theatre. She's had the honor of performing for the Royal Family in tribute concerts honoring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Ira Gershwin, both held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and for former President and Mrs. Bush during the Kennedy Center Inaugural Anniversary Gala. Lorna astounded audiences with her performance of a medley of songs titled "Not Even Nominated" compiled by the famed Fred Ebb and Larry Grossman in a benefit called Stairway to the Stars which was recorded live from the London Palladium and released on CD. She also headlined two sold-out European tours of her own shows Hollywood & Broadway and The Magical World of Musicals.Throughout the years Lorna also stepped into the recording studio. Her first solo release was of the Garson/Hilliard classic "Our Day Will Come" for Epic Records followed by releases of her singles "Long Time" and "Born Again." She also sang as a background vocalist for the rock group Blondie. To coincide with her role in the film Where the Boys Are '84 she recorded and released the title song on CBS Records. She also participated, at Ms. Ira Gershwin's personal request, in the highly praised Electra Records recording of the original soundtrack to George and Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy. The next year she joined Frank Sinatra, Reba McEntire, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick and others for an all-star album benefiting hospitals for children entitled The Christmas Album... A Gift of Hope. Lorna recorded the albums title song. After the birth of her second child, Lorna decided to pursue a very special project; to duet with her mother on the classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" from the MGM production of Meet Me in St. Louis. This sentimental duet utilized the same technology that brought Natalie Cole much success in the duet with her father, "Unforgettable." Lorna is familiar to television audiences for her featured roles on Love American Style, One Life to Live, The Twilight Zone, McCloud, Tales from the Darkside, Murder She Wrote, Caroline In The City, The Nanny, and for her a supporting role as "Nurse Libby Kegler" on CBS TV's medical drama, Trapper John M.D. She made her talk show debut at age fourteen singing “Smile” on The Mike Douglas Show and since then has performed on just about every talk/variety show around including The Tonight Show, The View, Hollywood Squares, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, 60 Minutes, Donny and Marie, Dinah Shore, Jack Paar, The Merv Griffin Show, Sammy Davis, Jr. Show, several appearances on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and Larry King Live, as well as numerous international television shows including Pebble Mill (UK), Heaven & Earth (UK), BBC Breakfast (UK), The Late, Late Show (Ireland), Paolo Limiti (Italy) and Good Morning Australia. She hosted her own TV special called The Eyes of Lorna in which she interviewed Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and her sister, Liza Minnelli. She’s also served as host on several morning & afternoon programs including AM Los Angeles, Good Morning Britain (UK) and Loose Women (UK). She’s been a featured performer on Christmas at Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tony Awards in which she joined her sister, Liza Minnelli, in an electrifying duet watched by millions and on the PBS special Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl. In 2004 she was the subject of a highly rated BBC television documentary entitled Somebody's Daughter, Somebody's Son. In movies Lorna is most remembered as Pink Lady “Paulette Rebchuck” in the camp classic Grease 2 and for her humorous role in Where the Boys Are '84. She had cameos in I Could Go On Singing, My Giant, '54 and Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, of which she also co-produced.In 1998 Lorna added a new dimension to her multi-faceted career, that of New York Times best-selling author upon the release of her critically acclaimed memoir -- Me and My Shadows: Living with the Legacy of Judy Garland (Simon & Schuster). Her memoirs were optioned by ABC-TV which broadcast a 4 hour miniseries starring Emmy Award winners Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard as Judy Garland. Lorna served as Co-Executive Producer on Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows. Airing in February 2001 it garnered the highest ratings of the season and won 5 Emmy Awards. Lorna will continue her career as producer with a project, currently in development, based on the life of Jimmy Slattery, better known as the Andy Warhol superstar, “Candy Darling.”Recently she began her most ambitious project to date, the highly acclaimed multi-media production of Songs My Mother Taught Me--A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland. This newly staged theatrical extravaganza melds one of the world‘s most familiar songbooks with personal, often funny memories of mother and legend, Judy Garland. After decades of avoidance, Lorna finally approaches her mother's legendary songbook for the first time and the result is a truly phenomenal celebration of Garland's musical genius. Songs My Mother Taught Me, which Variety called “a rousing, dramatically riveting musical event,” played for 11 weeks at the historic Canon Theater in Beverly Hills and was awarded two Los Angeles Theatre Alliance Ovation Awards (Best World Premiere Musical and Best Musical Direction.) The Los Angeles Times said Songs My Mother Taught Me is “heart-stopping and thrilling… an incandescent revelation of virtuoso proportions not to be missed.” Songs My Mother Taught Me completed an 8 week season in the summer of 2004 in London’s West End.In addition to performing Lorna also takes pride in her extensive participation in various Children's and AIDS related charities including the annual Los Angeles AIDS Walk and The Children's Wish Foundation International. She's been an advocate for drug rehabilitation and a key speaker for The Council on Alcohol & Drugs. She was honored in 2001 with a Golden Achievement Award by the Roosters Foundation for her tireless humanitarian efforts.Lorna is the mother of two -- Jesse and Vanessa, is married to celebrated musician, Colin R. Freeman and currently lives in Beverly Hills, California.From her early work with her mother to spectacular concert performances, acclaim on Broadway, and in television, Lorna proves again and again that she’s a stellar entertainer and humanitarian, proudly carrying the torch of her family’s legendary show business legacy.Source: lornaluft.com
Liza is in the tabloids almost as much as our mother was. She has struggled with her own ghosts and shadows.More Lorna Luft quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The one thing I never questioned about my mother was whether she loved me.More Lorna Luft quotes [12/02/2008 12:12:00]
Barry Manilow has gone from being the love of my life to being a friend for life.More Lorna Luft quotes [12/02/2008 12:12:00]
My mother was electric onstage, and I vividly recall the extraordinary power she had over her audiences.More Lorna Luft quotes [12/02/2008 12:12:00]
A star needs all the rest she can get.More Lorna Luft quotes [12/02/2008 12:12:00]

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