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The Resource Judy and I : my life with Judy Garland, Sid Luft ; with a foreword and additional material by Randy L. Schmidt

Judy and I : my life with Judy Garland, Sid Luft ; with a foreword and additional material by Randy L. Schmidt

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Judy and I : my life with Judy Garland
Title
Judy and I
Title remainder
my life with Judy Garland
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Sid Luft ; with a foreword and additional material by Randy L. Schmidt
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Language
eng
Summary
The third of Judy Garland's five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around. He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy's meteoric comeback after she was unceremoniously booted off the MGM lot: he produced her iconic, Oscar-nominated vehicle A Star Is Born and expertly shaped her concert career. Previously unpublished, Sid Luft's intimate autobiography tells his and Judy's story. The romance lasted Judy's lifetime, despite the separations, the reconciliations, and the divorce
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Hollywood producer Luft reflects on his relationship with show business legend Judy Garland, whom he married (and managed) during the final great phase of her performing career.The author, who died in 2005, had a reputation as a controlling Svengali, but he comes across here as concerned, pragmatic, and, more often than not, right about Garland's professional trajectory. Luft was instrumental in the production of her critically heralded film comeback, A Star Is Born (1954), and he orchestrated her triumphant performances at the London Palladium and Broadway's Palace Theatre, epochal shows that cemented her late-period legacy and led to the creation of her own TV series. Throughout, Luft credits Garland's genius and gallantly excuses her erratic behavior, drug dependency, and financial recklessness as the inevitable results of a lifetime of exploitation at the hands of Hollywood. More interestingly, he candidly expresses his physical attraction to Garland and appreciation of her unconventional sexual appeal—his ardor reads as completely sincere—and expresses concern about the consequences of his laissez faire disposition toward Garland's peccadilloes. Luft's memoir was written in fits and starts over a period of many years and completed after his death with the aid of interview transcripts and other scattered sources, and the narrative frequently feels choppy, with strangely abrupt transitions. Still, Luft, a former boxer and test pilot, has a winningly direct and confident authorial voice. A Hemingway-esque man's man, he doesn't delve too deeply into psychology, but Garland fanatics will gobble up his detailed, insightful backstage accounts of Garland's classic late productions and gossipy tidbits about their social circle, which included Humphrey Bogart and the Prince of Wales. The story ends darkly, as Garland falls under the sway of agents Freddie Fields and David Begelman, who, according to Luft, ruthlessly manipulated Garland into excising him from her career and personal life. On the evidence here, that was a terrible mistake. A revealing look behind the curtain—if not the persona—from the man who helped Garland reclaim the limelight after Hollywood let her down.(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
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autobiography
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Luft, Sid
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  • 791.4302/33092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Schmidt, Randy
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  • Luft, Sid
  • Garland, Judy
  • Garland, Judy
  • Luft, Sid
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Entertainers' spouses
  • Actors
  • Singers
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • PERFORMING ARTS / Film
  • Actors
  • Entertainers' spouses
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Singers
  • United States
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my life with Judy Garland
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Judy and I : my life with Judy Garland, Sid Luft ; with a foreword and additional material by Randy L. Schmidt
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  • Includes index
  • "An A Cappella Book."
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Manhattan, 1950 -- The boy from Bronxville -- Lost in the stars -- The black Irish witch -- On and off the road -- Leopold and Loeb -- End of the rainbow
Control code
1817441
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 465 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613735831
Lccn
2016051958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781613735831
  • (OCoLC)970660548
Label
Judy and I : my life with Judy Garland, Sid Luft ; with a foreword and additional material by Randy L. Schmidt
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes index
  • "An A Cappella Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Manhattan, 1950 -- The boy from Bronxville -- Lost in the stars -- The black Irish witch -- On and off the road -- Leopold and Loeb -- End of the rainbow
Control code
1817441
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 465 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781613735831
Lccn
2016051958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781613735831
  • (OCoLC)970660548

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