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Lorna Luft
Born November 21, 1952 (1952-11-21) (age 57)
Santa Monica, California
Occupation Singer, actress, author, producer
Spouse(s) Jake Hooker (1977–93)
Colin Freeman (1996— )

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 Sid Luft, and the half-sister of singer and actress Liza Minnelli.

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Biography

Luft was born in Santa Monica, California to Judy Garland and her third husband, Sid Luft. She had her debut at age 11 on the 1963 Christmas episode of her mother's CBS television series, The Judy Garland Show, [1] with siblings Liza and Joey; Lorna sang "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town".

She 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.[2] In this month-long engagement Judy Garland "shared" the bill with two of her children, Lorna (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.[3]

Luft lives with her second husband, musician Colin R. Freeman.[4]

With first husband musician and artist manager Jake Hooker, she has children Vanessa and Jesse Richards.

Television

Luft appeared as Nurse Libby Kegler on the CBS television series Trapper John, M.D. during that show's final season, 1985–1986. She appeared in two episodes of the new 2007 Logo animated series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All The World.

Lorna Luft being driven by her half-sister Liza Minnelli

Stage

Luft made her Broadway debut in 1971 at the Shubert Theatre as a replacement cast member in the musical Promises, Promises,[5] adapted from the clFand fassic 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment. The show 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. In 1983, she played Peppermint Patty in the Off-Broadway production of Snoopy!!! The Musical[6] (a sequel to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown[7]) and later that year she co-starred in Extremities with Farrah Fawcett.[7][8]

From 1992 through 1994, she 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 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, she performed in the UK premiere of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, a new stage adaptation based on the film. Lorna reprised her role in White Christmas 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.

In October 2007, she 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 the music of her mother, Judy Garland. 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 Judy Garland's triumphant 1961 comeback at Carnegie Hall.

Luft is scheduled to appear in The Wizard Of Oz, the stage show of the movie that made her mother famous, at The Lowry Centre in Manchester, England. She will be portraying the role of the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film.

In April 2009, Lorna 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, Lorna 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.[9]

On July 1, 2009, Lorna appeared at the Mermaid Theatre, London to record for the television series Friday Night is Music Night. Lorna Luft and Friends — A Tribute to Judy Garland also featured John Barrowman, Frances Ruffelle and Linzi Hateley.

Films

In film, Lorna Luft played Paulette Rebchuck in the feature film Grease 2. Other films include Where the Boys Are '84, 54 and My Giant.

Autobiography

She is the author of the 1998 book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir. Among its revelations is that she had a romantic crush on Barry Manilow.[4] In 2001, the book was adapted as an Emmy-winning[10] TV miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. It stars Judy Davis as the adult Judy Garland, with Tammy Blanchard as Judy in her teenage years. Hugh Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli, Victor Garber as Sid Luft, and Marsha Mason as Ethel Gumm.

Charitable work

In addition to performing Luft participates in various children's and AIDS-related charities, including the annual Los Angeles AIDS Walk and The Children's Wish Foundation International.[11] She has been an advocate for drug rehabilitation and has spoken for The Council on Alcohol & Drugs.

Recordings

Singles

  • "Our Day Will Come" (Epic Records single)
  • "Long Time" (European single)
  • "Born Again" (European single)
  • "Where the Boys Are" (CBS Records single)
  • "The Whole World's Goin' Crazee" (CBS Records dance single)

Albums

  • Songs My Mother Taught Me (October 2007, UK)

DVDs

  • Lorna Live in Oz (2009, Australia)

Cast albums and compilations

  • Grease 2 (film soundtrack)
  • George and Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy: Complete Original Soundtrack
  • Stairway to the Stars (live concert recording)
  • Cole Porter Centennial Gala (live concert recording)
  • The Christmas Album...A Gift of Hope

Other recordings

References

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