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on 15 November 2001
Lorna Luft is, as she has often been called, "Judy Garland's other daughter", born from her marriage to Sid Luft, the younger stepsister to Liza Minelli. Of her three children, Lorna probably spent the most time with Garland. Towards the end of Garland's life, she becomes more of a nurse and a caretaker, than a child, even though she is only a young teenager. Of course it is sad to read how such a young child copes with life as the daughter of a legend, and a heavily addicted parent who can at the end no longer function as such. It is, however, also quite moving to read how much love Garland received from her children, no matter how sick she was. Even when Garland was too affected by drugs to see things in the proper perspective anymore, her children continued to love her and Lorna especially stresses she was sure her mother loved her children too. After Garland's death, Lorna found she had to live with the "shadow" of her mother everywhere. Garland still has her fans all over the world. Moreover, Lorna found there was a pattern of addiction, marrying the wrong people, etc. that was carried on to the next generation. But Lorna overcame her difficulties and can only look back on her past with a lot of love and compassion for her mother. The book is very convincing, and I am sure a lot of people can relate to it. In the end, whether one is famous or not, addiction will always affect all members of the family. The book shows how love, courage and determination can get you far. Lorna Luft has coped, and has been able to built a happy life for herself; she sees her mother now more as a guardian angel, than a shadow... A must for Garland fans.
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on 18 December 1998
What an amazing book, such a candid approach to a story that has been told so many times by people not her family, After having met the author whilst on tour it was inevitable that she would release a book about the one subject very close to her heart - her mother, this book is warts and all a very good read, so good i could not put it down one of those books that just draw you in and you will find it impossible to feel anything but sorry for the author and her family
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on 13 October 2003
I was pleasantly surprised by this memoir. Lorna manages to look back at her past and family with a critical but loving eye. It is not overly emotional and retains humour in disasterous situations. She is not afraid to portray her views in a straitforward and truthful manner. You do get the impression names are being 'dropped' superflously on occasion though.
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on 15 October 2014
Buy this if you're as interested in Lorna Luft as you are Judy Garland - the first half rattles along with amazing various tales of Garlands life, which are fascinating, but the second half is Lorna's story....
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on 18 January 2014
A very interesting and moving insight into Judy Garlands life seen from the point of view of her daughter. Especially if you have also seen the film, Me and my shadows.
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on 11 August 2013
Arrived quickly and in good condition, i have just started reading, the price was very good also :) I am very interested in what the writer has to say.
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on 23 April 2012
Very pleased with the book it made very interesting reading. Just shows you how the other half live and fame is not all it is cracked up to be.
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on 17 April 2012
Really interesting book giving insight into the life of Judy Garland,good read whether you are a Garland fan or not.
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on 2 July 2014
Somewhat self serving and is mainly about Lorna Luft
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