Lorna Luft
American television, stage and film actress and singer
Lorna Luft
Lorna Luft 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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These 16 Great Videos Remind Us What It Meant To Be LGBTQ In 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2016 will be remembered as a particularly challenging year for many people, including those in the LGBTQ community. The June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida and the controversy surrounding transgender “bathroom bills” in states like North Carolina left many queer people feeling vulnerable. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November cast a grim shadow on the future of LGBTQ rights after a series of progressive strides under President Barack Obama.  The year’s uncertainty was, of course, reflected on countless social media outlets. These 16 incredible videos ― which made a splash on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets over the past year ― represent 12 months of LGBTQ trials and tribulations, as well as the community’s cheeky sense of humor.  A few same-sex couples gave us life (and fitness) goals by organizing heartfelt proposals at the gym. An iconic “Mean Girls” scene got a hilarious, all-male redux in support of Hillary Clinto ...
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Judy Garland's daughters to perform together for first time in 20 years
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tony Maglio LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Judy Garland's daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft will perform together for the first time in 20 years to raise money for breast-cancer research. They will give two concerts at Manhattan's Birdland on October 14 and October 21 at Birdland, titled "Nothing Like a Dame - Lorna's Pink Party." The shows will benefit the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. The last time the sisters performed together was at the 1993 Tony Awards. ...
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Lorna Luft, Liza Minnelli reunite for concert
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Judy Garland's talented daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer.
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Lorna Luft Talks Cancer Fight
Fox News - over 3 years
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The Week In Arts & Culture
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Greetings, dear readers! This week we were seething with jealousy over memorabilia from Studio 54 but then became hopeful for future soirees thanks to PS1's Party Wall. Confused? Read on... In her memoir Lorna Luft famously wrote: "Studio 54 made Halloween in Hollywood look like a PTA meeting." The renown nightclub, located on 254 West 54th Street, drew the hottest who's who of the New York elite. Only at Studio 54 could one spot Andy Warhol posing with Brooke Shields, Truman Capote dancing at Elizabeth Taylor's birthday, or Cher getting cuddly with club co-owner Steve Rubell. Rubell founded Studio 54 with Ian Schrager in 1977, years before AIDS would decimate New York nightlife. The parties would grow to intrigue the world's most idolized celebrities with the most jaw-dropping decor -- one New Year's party involved four tons of glitter, for instance. On January 19, Rubell's archives from Studio 54 will hit the auction block at Palm Beach Modern Auctions. Thi ...
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s 2013 schedule
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse will launch its 2013 season of plays on March 7 with a YouTheatre production of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince." This tale of an amusing, challenging and odd adventure will be performed at the playhouse Mainstage March 7-17. "The Odd Couple" will open the 2013 professional season with Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn-McIver starring as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Neil Simon's classic comedy. The show will be on stage April 3-21. "Songs My Mother Taught Me" with Lorna Luft will be the second show of the Mainstage season May 8–26. The Mainstage season also features "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on stage June 5-30; the musical "Les Miserables" July 10-Aug. 18; the British farce "Cash on Delivery" Aug. 22-Sept. 15; the musical biography "Hank Williams: Lost Highway" Oct. 2-Nov. 3; "The Three Musketeers" Nov. 7-24; and "A Christmas Story," based on the motion picture, Dec. 4-22. Playhouse Downtown The season at t ...
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Stage Review: At North Shore Music Theatre, a ‘Hello, Dolly!’ with shifted focus
Boston Globe - over 4 years
A slightly shifted focus in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ When Lorna Luft, North Shore Music Theatre’s original diva of choice for this production of “Hello, Dolly!,” was sidelined in May by a back injury, it afforded the opportunity for a slightly different approach. It turns out that Luft’s replacement, the capable and confident Broadway veteran Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, doesn’t — unlike many a Dolly — hog the spotlight.
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Lorna Luft to Bring Judy Garland to Life at Edmonds Center for the Arts
Edmonds Patch - almost 5 years
Best-selling author, recording artist and Emmy-nominated producer <a class="fplink fp-176449" href="/Lorna+Luft+1">Lorna Luft</a> will perform Friday at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Luft, who began her career at age 11 on her mother Judy Garland’s television show, will pay tribute to Garland in a multi-media production. The show combines familiar songs with Luft's personal memories. Born to Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna at 16 shared the bill with her mother on Broadway in a month-long concert engagement at New York's famed Palace Theater. By 19, she was starring in Broadway on her own in Neil Simon’s hit musical Promise Promises, and has continued to tour and perform on and off Broadway, on the London theater stage and in many regional and national touring theater presentations. In 1998 she decided it was time to share her personal story of life with Garland and published Me and My Shadows, which spent nine weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. In 20 ...
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Out of town - Bend Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Oct. 2 — Lorna Luft: Judy Garland&#39;s daughter will present “Songs My Mother Taught Me: The Judy Garland Songbook”; Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, Medford; www.craterian.org or 541-779-3000. Oct. 8 — Fountains of Wayne, Wonder Ballroom, Portland;
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Bus trips - Patriot-News
Google News - over 5 years
By The Patriot-News Oct. 12: Steelstacks, luncheon at Musikfest Cafe, Lorna Luft show, Sands Casino, Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees, Jan at 717-763-5515 or Karen at 717-763-2088. Nov. 14-16: Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino,
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Ridgefield Playhouse: Settle in for another decade! - Wilton Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Among the performers slated at the Ridgefield Playhouse this fall are Gregg Allman, Dr. Phineas&#39;s Magical Emporium Puppet Show, Peter Gros and Mutual of Omaha&#39;s Wild Kingdom, Bernie Williams, Dana Carvey, Lorna Luft, Spin Doctors, Rockapella Holiday
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Rialto Chatter: END OF THE RAINBOW Aiming for Broadway in Spring 2012? - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... Garland was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager where she made two dozen films in 15 years, including The Wizard of Oz. Garland died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 47, leaving children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft
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West Shore: Excursions - Patriot-News
Google News - over 5 years
By The Patriot-News Oct. 12: Steelstacks film on Bethlehem Steel renovation, luncheon at Musikfest Cafe, Lorna Luft show, Sands Casino, Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees, Jan at 717-763-5515 or Karen at 717-763-2088. Nov
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Auditions to be held for Regent Theatre panto Aladdin starring Joe Swash - ChesterChronicle.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Their production of The Wizard Of Oz – which starred Judy Garland&#39;s daughter, Lorna Luft – broke all box office records at Salford&#39;s prestigious theatre The Lowry. They also specialise in pantomime and their unique combination of keeping within
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Longtime performer now sees arts in new light from behind the curtain - vt.Buzz (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Though the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center has been open barely six months, I have had the chance to work with the likes of Ben Vereen, James Taylor, Lorna Luft, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Spyro Gyra, to name a few. As a performer, I yearn to be moved
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New York Sheet Music Society Presented Lyricist Marty Panzer to Make Beautiful ... - Times Square Chronicles
Google News - over 5 years
Lorna Luft and Liza wanted Marty to write for them but instead Marty got to meet his idol Harold Arlen. Marty&#39;s next partner was musical theatre&#39;s Larry Grossman and together came the Disney years. First was a song for The Lion King 2 which went
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lorna Luft
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    In June 2015, Luft revealed that her cancer had reemerged.
    More Details Hide Details Consequently, the UK tour of Judy - The Songbook of Judy Garland concluded early on July 11th, and Luft returned to the United States for surgical treatment.
    In May - July 2015, Luft toured the UK in Judy - The Songbook of Judy Garland, a show highlighting her mother's life and music.
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  • 2013
    Age 60
    She completed her final chemotherapy treatment in 2013.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    On December 17, 2012, Luft discovered a lump on her right breast. "I was in total denial," Luft said.
    More Details Hide Details Three weeks later, her radiographer informed her that she had grade-2A breast cancer. Luft 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 OK." In order to save her breast, Luft opted for a lumpectomy followed by adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    In July 2009, she appeared at the Mermaid Theatre, London to record for the radio series Friday Night is Music Night.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details She starred alongside Jenny Seagrove, Simon Shepherd and Daniel Hill.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    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.
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    In October 2007, she released her debut CD Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother Taught Me in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details Produced by Barry Manilow and her husband Colin R. Freeman, the album celebrates the music of her mother. 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, the stage show of the movie that made her mother 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 1939 film.
    She appeared in two episodes of the 2007 Logo animated series Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple In All The World.
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 49
    In 2002, she starred as Mama Rose in a University of Richmond school production of Gypsy.
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  • 1996
    Age 43
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    From 1992 through 1994, she played Adelaide in the American and world tour productions of Guys and Dolls.
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  • 1985
    Age 32
    Luft appeared as Nurse Libby Kegler on the CBS television series Trapper John, M.D. during that show's final season of 1985–1986 and also appeared as Patti Bristol in a 1985 episode of Murder, She Wrote entitled Broadway Malady.
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  • 1983
    Age 30
    In 1983, she played Peppermint Patty in the Off Broadway production of Snoopy!!!
    More Details Hide Details The Musical (a sequel to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and later that year she co-starred in Extremities with Farrah Fawcett.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 28
    Luft starred in the 1981 national tour of They're Playing Our Song and in 1982 she played Paulette Rebchuck in Grease 2.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 18
    Among its revelations is that she had an affair with Barry Manilow in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, the book 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 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.
    More Details Hide Details The show is best known for the hit song "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".
  • 1967
    Age 14
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In this month-long engagement, Judy Garland "shared" the bill with Lorna (then 14 years old) and son Joey (12 years old). The show was recorded live and released on ABC Records as Judy Garland: At Home At The Palace. Luft is married to her second husband, musician Colin R. Freeman.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Age 10
    She made her show business debut at age 11 singing "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" on the 1963 Christmas episode of her mother's CBS television series, The Judy Garland Show.
    More Details Hide Details Siblings Liza Minnelli and Joey Luft also appeared in this episode.
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on November 21, 1952.
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