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Coping with life as the daughter of a legend
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.