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Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  649 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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.
With unsparing candor, Lorna Luft offers the first-ever insider portrait of one of Hollywood's most celebrated families: a rare story of a litt
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Gallery Books (first published April 24th 1998)
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Douglas Gibson
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Touching insight about Judy, Liza, and the effects of addictions, but only 2 paragraphs on Grease 2?!?! WTF!?
Sarah
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This was interesting enough, with a lot of insight into Judy Garland's spiral at the end of her life. I think Lorna did a good job of portraying what she went through without demonizing Garland; she says numerous times that her mother was under the oppression of pill addiction and that the disease was not her fault or something she could control at the end. She also says many times how much she loved her mother and knew that her mother loved her. So it is not in any way comparable to the books w ...more
Laure Porché
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laure by: Heather
A compelling read for anyone who likes Judy Garland, the book is both heartbreaking and funny, and most of all brims with a love for life and joy, and for each other, that transcend the page.
J.H. Moncrieff
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to think of this one. It was a quick read, and mostly held my interest, even though over half the book takes place after Garland's death. It isn't so much about Garland as it is about Luft and all the celebrities she knows (though I'm sure publishers encouraged the namedropping).

These memoirs always make my skin crawl. On one hand, you want the author to tell THE TRUTH about what happened with their families, or whoever the book is ostensibly about. But on the other, you can't
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Koren
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This will probably be the best first hand account of Judy Garland's life you are going to find. This is more a memoir of her daughter's than it is a biography. After Judy's death the story continues about Lorna's relationships and her drug use as well as Liza's. People with a parent that has an addiction will likely identify with a lot of this book. I dont think Judy would be considered a neglectful parent, as when she was clean she was an excellent mother, but when she was using...well, we all ...more
Alycia
Sep 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Sid Luft the saint. Give me a break.
Ivy
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I think it takes a lot of courage to write a book about your own life especially when you come from a family of celebrities. Lorna Luft is getting the same flack that Christina Crawford got because she wrote about her experiences and people don't like that because it means having to see their idols as human and not as the Hollywood gods or godesses they prefer.
This book made me laugh and cry, and it made me angry too, but not because she "badmouths" her mother. It made me angry to see a beautif
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Carol
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I've read a few books about Judy Garland so it was interesting to read an account written by one of her children. The timeline of the book wasn't always clear and the story skipped around a bit, but the stories of coping at an early age with her mother's addiction to pills and prescription medication and how she dealt with things after her mother's untimely death were enlightening. There was so much that wasn't understood at the time, about addiction and all that goes with it. ...more
Lynsey
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really candid stories of Judy Garland. I wanted more about her, even though this was somewhat hard to read because her behavior was so erratic. Lorna is an interesting lady, but I got bored and didn't finish. ...more
Alexandra the Great
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book definitely lost my interest after Judy died. Which I know isn't fair, but then again I did really only read this book because I was curious to see Judy through her daughter's eyes. Plus, I know virtually nothing about Lorna Luft's career. I hate to have to pit sisters against each other, but, honestly, couldn't we have gotten a book out of Liza Minnelli instead? I'm sure Lorna is lovely, but after Judy died and there was still three quarters of a book to go, I didn't have fun anymore.

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Crystal
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing, honestly written, inspiring and sometimes heart wrenching memoir. This was a book I literally couldn't put down. Having always been a fan of Judy, Liza and Lorna's, I kept away from all the other biographies written, but not this one because I knew it would be the real deal. So very often the general public tends to view Hollywood legends and their families as somehow different, but they're not different. They're regular human beings just like everyone else with all the issues, ...more
Bronwyn
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this is the story of lorna lufts life as the little sister of liza minelli, and her life with her sister and their lives as the daughters of the late judy garland before and after their mothers tragic untimely death
John
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a big fan of Judy Garland I was very keen to read this. '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. The connections Luft draws between her mother's addiction and the subsequent addictions of her ch
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Cynthia Bemis Abrams
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be readable and sincere. Luft shares more inside detail than will ever be available, some moments which are memorably sad and some that reveal the clever, smart Judy that her mother was. This is a book about living with a parent who has an addiction, who also happens to be famous and beloved worldwide.

There are very few books about Judy Garland written by women and this will likely be the only one written by her daughters. I read this as part of research for a podcast serie
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Theri Rowen
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very compelling book and tv movie that i saw years ago. Her mother had so many struggles that she had to over come and face. I also felt that if her mother was maybe more force ful or someone that was mentor to judy then she would've lived. Its also sad that her kids had to sometimes be the parent was also hard to read ...more
Daniel
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'd have to really be interested in this family to enjoy or feel like you got anything out of this book. I happen to like Judy Garland so I was mildly interested in this book. However I really didn't learn anything new about Judy. I did pick up a few things I didn't know about Lorna and her sister Liza. ...more
Paul Monroe
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judy-garland
It's a lovely tribute to Judy Garland's life.
If you're not interested in Lorna's life you can stop reading mid through the book (after Judy's funeral)
I really enjoyed the firs hand stories of how Judy was as a mother.
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Joann Stewart
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a compelling book relating a lot of truths about being Judy Garlands daughter. I think she was very honest in her portrayal of her mother and family. Lorna’s love shown through. I enjoyed the book.
Claudia
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memior
The way I can think to describe this book is with one word: Sad. It was an honest, account of what it was like to grow up as the daughter of Judy Garland. It took me a while to get through but it was totally worth it. Overall a wonderful read.
Laura Henning
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really great look into an incredible family. I love Lorna haha
Beth Chase
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book..... never knew this family went through so much
Rachel
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Awful writing, strings of cliches.
Lenny
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Learned all about Judy Garland and her children, her husbands, and her addictions.
Faith
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all, I'm biased. I love Judy and have always seen her as a talented amazing woman. While some of the story seemed unreasonably skewed, this story from Lorna's perspective was well worth reading. I related most to her passages about loving someone with an addiction. I found her self-confrontation about enabling first her mother, and then her sister's addiction incredibly powerful. ...more
Sue
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is evident that Lorna Luft was a Daddy’s Girl. She portrays him as a Prince who put up with a lot of crap from her Mom. Nowhere does she mention the mismanagement of Judy’s mother by her father. Judy was a fragile soul that needed a lot of attention. I am sure it would have been rough having Judy Garland as your mother. Too much name dropping in the second half. I am glad she was able to have a happy life as an adult and a mother.
Melinda
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. A couple of things that were noteworthy for me. First, Lorna
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Sarah
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. The second half
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Lynn
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I read this book when it first came out in '98, but wanted to read it again, as my book club is reading about famous women this month. I'm really glad I decided to reread it. Luft tells the raw, sometimes shocking, but always loving account of growing up as the daughter of Judy Garland. Despite all the chaos of being caretaker to her drug dependent mother, Lorna has written a book that shows us the humor, intelligence, and love of her mother. The second part of the book is truly insightful as Lo ...more
Dana
Feb 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Well... the jury is really out on this book. It's interesting but I have a feeling that I could get much more detail and see fewer instances of important information being brushed by in another book. This is NOT a biography of Judy Garland, it's more a biography of Lorna Luft, her daughter. Skip the book and watch the TV Miniseries. It was awesome. Was going to read: Get Happy: The life of Judy Garland next but I'm kind or tired of the subject for now though I think it's going to be a more satis ...more
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Lorna Luft is an American television, stage and film actress and singer. She is the daughter of the singer/actress Judy Garland and Sidney Luft who was Garland's third husband and manager. She is the half-sister of Liza Minnelli.

Lorna Luft lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, musician Colin R. Freeman, and her two children from her first marriage to musician and artist manager Jake Hooker. Her
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