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Author: Lorna Luft
ISBN13: 978-0671582432
Title: ME AND MY SHADOWS: A Family Memoir
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Language: English
Category: Arts and Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 1, 1998)

ME AND MY SHADOWS: A Family Memoir by Lorna Luft

About book: I never knew that Judy Garland had children besides Liza Minnelli. She had two children with Sid Luft, Lorna and Joe. This is the first book written about Judy Garland by one of her family members, and as such, it is worth reading. Lorna gives a loving but honest telling of her mother's family background, her (Lorna's) own family situation, and then her adult years as a singer and actress in her own right after the death of her mother. So all in all, MGM seemed to have handled things as well as they could. The tragic parts of this book involve Lorna as a 12 to 15 year old taking care of Judy Garland when she was drugged or manic. the husband was divorced, the staff could not be paid so they left, and the friends became tired.

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows is a 2001 American two-part, four-hour biographical television miniseries based on the 1998 book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir written by Lorna Luft, the daughter of legendary singer-actress Judy Garland. The miniseries was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and originally broadcast in two parts on ABC on February 25 and 26, 2001.

The question follows Lorna Luft to this day: What's it like to be Dorothy's daughter? Although by appearances glamorous and truly thrilling. A wonderful book telling the stories of Judy Garland, her life, husbands,children, and career. All by her daughter Lorna who lived through it all. The book was better than I expected. The story of Lorna making it in show business, the romances were all interesting. Her early one with the fascinating Barry Manilow was great to me. They also have stayed friends always. He even co -produced her 2007 CD Songs My Mother Taught Me. Fans of Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, and of course Lorna Luft will like this the most.

Me and My Shadows' provides an intimate portrait of Judy through the eyes of one of her children. As such, the early years of Judy's life are explored in less depth compared to her later years. Where the book really excels is in providing a harrowing insight into what it is like living as a child of a parent who is suffering with addiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was a family biography about Judy Garland, written by her daughter Lorna Luft. I have always been a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, so obtaining this book was a cult-classic-type action for me to take. The first half of the book detailed Lorna's childhood and her responsibilities as far as dealing with and taking care of her mother. The book really shed light and put to rest rumors around Judy Garland's addictions, behavior, and personality.

Topics Luft, Lorna, Luft, Lorna, Garland, Judy, Singers, Autobiographie, Tochter. Publisher New York : Pocket Books. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. The daughter of Judy Garland describes how it felt growing up on the shadows of her famous mother and half-sister, Liza Minnelli. Camera Canon 5D. City New York Donor ry. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. org on September 7, 2010.

What a beautiful, painfully honest and revealing memoir this is, by Judy Garland’s younger daughter and Liza Minnelli’s half sister, Lorna Luft. back to her mother’s childhood and chronicles her entire life, including the very innocent start of her mother’s prescription drug use in the 1930s when it was quite common, long before we knew of the devastating effects. Overall this is a beautiful and poignant book and a must have for every Judy Garland fan.

Me and My Shadows : A Family Memoir. The question follows Lorna Luft to this day: "What's it like to be Dorothy's daughter?" Although by appearances glamorous and truly thrilling, growing up as the daughter of Judy Garland was anything but a journey over the rainbow.

Lorna Luft notes on her mother's performance in another interview: "There's one song that truly belongs only to my mother. Garland became the song she sang and sadly enough was unable to see herself climbing the parable of the rainbow. She had often said that she couldn't believe in the "rainbow" but friends and family recapped later that she was too busy living i. .and they always will. The book was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning ABC miniseries, Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, which aired February 25 and 26, 2001 and later released on DVD. It starred Tammy Blanchard as the teenage Judy and Judy Davis as the adult Judy. Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir at Simon & Schuster.

The daughter of Judy Garland describes growing up in the shadows of her famous mother and half-sister, Liza Minnelli, as well as the painful experience of watching Garland succumb to her drug and alcohol dependence.
Reviews: 7
Let me start by saying that I'm not just a Judy Garland fan, I am a Judy Garland ADDICT. I've been this way since before I could talk from what my parents tell me, so I have read every book out there on Judy. I saved this one for last because it was written by her own daughter. I saw the movie, based on this book when it came out, and I thought it was very good. The book itself pulls no punches when it comes to telling the truth about living with a mother who has this God-Given voice, but struggles with an addiction so powerful that she is at times almost scary. You have no idea how it breaks my heart to say that about the woman, the singer, that I adore, that I idolize. It is true, however. Lorna Luft writes a story of a mother who loves her children with all of her heart. She literally worked herself to death for her kids,but in order to do so, she required massive dosses of medication. It was a cycle that began when Judy was only 12 yrs old. The book is a page turner if you're a Garland fan. The second half of the book deal with Lorna's life after Judy's death, and we see that she tends to follow in her mother's footsteps in more ways than one. The same is true for Liza. Give the book a try. I think you will laugh, cry, applaud, and everything in between.
Having now read Lorna's very insightful and interesting biography, I thought it was time to add a short review. As most people already know, Lorna Luft is the second daughter of Judy Garland (father is Sid Luft) and is the sister/half sister of Lisa Minnelli who is nothing short of a living legend. Having read some of the other not so favourable reviews, some of which are written by people who feel the need to personally attack and insult Lana, I would like to provide my take on Lorna's autobiography. As Lorna states in her memoir, this is her own story. It isn't her sister's (Liza), brother's (Joey) or her father's (Sid Lift) story. I found Lorna's memoir to be a real page turner. Having been a massive fan of Judy Garland's for many years, I felt that it was about time that we were presented with an insider's look on what it was like to be the daughter of one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. I agree that there are quite a number of facts which Ms Luft presents which ah felt was too much information (or just did not want to know about one of my all time favourite singers/actresses, however, what stood out for me whilst reading this book was Lorna's unconditional love for her mother. Ms Luft goes into great detail about her mother's addictions, but also devotes ample page time to her mother's achievements (Carnegie Hall triumph just to name). The saddest thing about this book is that not enough emphasis was placed on addiction back in the 40's and 50's. Had there been more awareness back in the day then I believe that Judy would have survived beyond the millennium. What a great job you have done Lorna. I love reading memoirs, biographies and pretty much anything to do with Hollywood's golden age. This book is one of my favourites. By the way, if you love this book then please consider reading Sid Luft's memoir which was published posthumously last year. What a contrast to Lorna's own memoir.
I haven't finished reading the book yet, but I'm more than half-way through. I've read other memoirs and autobiography's similar to this, and while I wouldn't say it's the greatest thing ever, it is still worth reading. It saddens me that others have compared this book to "Mommie Dearest" and I feel that is far from the truth. Yes, she exposes that her mother had a serious prescription drug problem, but she points out that her addiction is genetic AND at the time when her mother was alive they didn't know how to help people deal with addiction. They could get you clean, but they couldn't keep you clean.

Another thing to keep in mind that this is from Lorna's point of view. When Liza is ready she will write her own book and give her perspective. Once again keep in mind that there is a seven year age different and Lorna and her brother Joey were around their mother a lot more than Liza during all of this because their mother had sole-custody of them and by the point Judy was getting seriously ill, Liza was an adult living on her own.

I do recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing more about Judy, but if you're looking for Dorothy you're sadly mistaken. This is Judy Garland, a real person who had demons that over-took her career and eventually her life. I personally have more respect for Judy Garland, but also sadness for her because she was such a HUGE talent, but at the end of they day she was still human. If anything Judy Garland is just one of many stars we've seen that have been over-taken with trying to stay #1 and please everyone and the pills won in the end. Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston just to name a few that just like Ms. Garland tried to keep up with the hype and fell hard in the end.
I really enjoyed this book I think I read it in one sitting. What initially caught my interest in the book was that she's Judy Garland's daughter. I enjoyed Lorna's performance in Grease 2 and didn't realize she was Judy's daughter when I saw the movie. What kept me interested in the book is I appreciated the writing style, her candor and honesty about her life and observations. I also could relate to her struggles living with an alcoholic, being the child of a addict and overcoming codependency. It was an inspirational book for me for those reasons. I highly recommend this book.
The truth about Judy Garland and how the studio system during the so called golden era, took a young very talented girl and destroyed her life, and that of her children.
I loved the book. Nice to get a prospective from a family member about their family. I would recommend this book. You will learn about ea family member and also why Judy Garland & some of her family did what they did....