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A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away

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New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid account of a film classic's production, loss, and reclamation.
A Star Is Born -- the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the do
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Running Press Adult
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Peggy
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old-hollywood
NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making (and unmaking) of the film, how it affected Judy Garland’s career and life, and the restoration and rebirth of A Star is Born. If you haven’t already seen the restored version of this classic, you’ll definitely want to after reading this.

Lorna Luft writes about the great responsibility she feels toward her mother’s legacy, and with this book, I feel she has done that legacy justice.
Lisa
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The crowning achievement in the amazing Judy Garland's filmography gets a behind the scenes view written by her daughter Lorna Luft. "A Star is Born" is one of the greatest movies ever made but the road leading to, during and after the picture was fraught with tumultuous problems. At the center was Judy Garland, a legendary performer, whose life was a tale of loss, addiction and pain in many ways mirrored the characters in the film. The story of her mother's life is written with love, humor and ...more
Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid account of a film classic's production, loss, and reclamation.
A Star Is Born -- the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the dow
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Janet
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid account of a film classic's production, loss, and reclamation.
A Star Is Born -- the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the dow
...more
Susie Dumond
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an interesting and touching read for any fans of Judy Garland or old Hollywood, balanced between the personal perspective of Garland's daughter Lorna Luft and the analytical perspective of film historian Jeffrey Vance. It explores both Judy's life and legacy, particularly in her favorite film of her career, and the context of the various versions of A Star Is Born from 1937 through 2018. The narrative shifts between Luft and Vance could be a bit jarring, but I really enjoyed learnin ...more
Kimberly Mussell
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this free copy from netgalley.com for an honest review.
This was a quick read and I loved that! I love everything about Judy Garland and fell in love with Lorna when I first saw her in Grease 2. I was ecstatic to find this book.
I love the premise of following Judy through the process of A Star is Born. I loved the detail from Lorna on her memories of seeing this movie for the first time. I adored the photos that were included as well. The one section that threw me off was the chapter r
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January Gray
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Excellently written and very, very informative! I highly recommend this book for all of Judy Garland fans!
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A Star is Born, by Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance, analyzes all the movie versions of this story, but the book is primarily about the 1954 film directed by George Cukor, starring Judy Garland and James Mason and produced by Judy Garland's husband and Lorna Luft's father, Sid Luft.

This movie is called "the Film that Got Away" because, according to the authors of the book, that even though the film was a hit with audiences,it was cut to the point where it didn't make sense to squeeze in more showing
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Steve
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provided nice detail and photos of the production of A Star Is Born 1954, which starred Lorna's mother Judy Garland. Many of the photos have never been published before. Jeffrey Vance does a good job describing the history of the previous incarnations of this story and fortunately he was able to interview several people connected with the film in 2010, some of whom have subsequently died. Lorna Luft is brutally honest about both her parents while expressing her love for them and giving ...more
Russell Sanders
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authorship of A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away is attributed to Lorna Luft and Jeffrey Vance. Often, a celebrity-penned book seems to have been crafted by the second author—the professional writer hired to “help” the celebrity/writer. In this book, however, it seems that Lorna Luft wrote her passages herself, for her voice is distinct. There are chapters devoted to film history, and those are likely the ones written by Vance. The book starts with a Vance-written chapte ...more
Marco
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Truly a great book on one of the greatest films of all time, "A Star Is Born" by Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft.

In almost any Warner Brothers film or television series, something from this film is usually played (recently I saw a clip played in the movie "Twister" with Helen Hunt and 'The Man Who Got Away' was used when Lorelai and Luke reunited on 'The Gilmore Girls') because I think the studio knows this is where the magic was made.

Who can explain the phenomenon better than Turner Classic
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Robin Karnes
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a fan of A Star is Born, Judy, or Lorna, this is a great little memoir. The quality is impeccable - all pages are heavy, glossy paper, and most of them harbor gorgeous film stills or personal family photographs or posters. I said to several people that I wanted to purchase another copy just so I could cut the pictures out and have them separately, they're that great.

Beyond the beauty of the book, the written content is okay. If you've read Lorna's memoir Me and My Shadows, you've heard a lot
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Andrea Stoeckel
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A Star Is Born is not just a film . It’s a vision of a whole world, an accurate depiction of how Hollywood as an institution functions."

This book, primarily written by Lorna Luft, Judy Garland's middle child, is a living tribute to both Garland and what is often seen as her denouement on screen in the movie "A Star is Born". Rather than go through the storyline of the movie, which will soon be released starting Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper, this book is focused on the story behind the movie: th
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Bev
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, show-biz
I became a Judy Garland fan in 1954 when this film came out and have probably seen the whole movie, or part of it, 100 times over the years, so I was happy to see this in-depth coverage by daughter Lorna and movie historian Vance. The entire history of the story is told from the first, "What Price Hollywood," in 1932 to the first of the name "A Star Is Born," a 1937 drama, starring Janet Gaynor, to the 1954 musical Garland version, to the 1976 travesty by Barbra Streisand and even touching on th ...more
Literary Soirée
A STAR IS BORN is a stunning recounting of the movie that brought legend Judy Garland her greatest achievement ... and her most profound loss. Co-written by her daughter, Lorna Luft, with film historian Jeffrey Vance, this absorbing read describes all film versions, giving especial focus to the 1954 release with Judy and James Mason, produced by Judy’s husband and Lorna’s father, Sid Luft.

The gripping narrative describes Judy’s fight to salvage her reputation after the film — too long for accep
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Kristine
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
A Star is Born by Lorna Luft is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early September.

Up until the time that I began reading this book, I hadn't yet realized that this book's publishing might coincide with the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper film remake. Anywho, Luft shines a greater mirror onto the Hollywood system and Garland's own life with some echoes to topics from the book/movie, Valley of the Dolls, and shares a studied, mindful, surprisingly impartial view of her mother's early life with MG
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Lissa
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
I requested a digital ARC of this book and I don't even remember why but I am glad that I did. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It details all of the adaptations of A Star is Born but focuses on the Judy Garland version that was tragically altered after the successful premier. Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft who writes this book, always wanted to see the original and finally got the chance after a restoration in the 1980's. This is a moving tribute to a movie many s ...more
Raquel
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. As someone who is fully invested in the A Star is Born legacy, I appreciated that although the focus is on the 1954 version, there is plenty of information about the 1937 and 1976 versions, What Price Hollywood? as well as a bit about the upcoming film. There was one factual error in the introduction but otherwise it was a stand up book. Full review is available on my YouTube channel https://youtu.be/gPGwVxL7GoY
Patricia Gmitrovic
Everyone knows Judy Garland from The Wizard of Oz, this story goes far beyond the yellow brick road.
Her daughter Lorna Luft let's us in on what it was like to live with her Mama's highs and lows. Not only do I want to see the new A Star Is Born with Gaga, I now want to see Judy Garland 1954 version.
Lauren
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Star is Born (Judy Garland) and (Lady Gaga) are two of my favorite movies. This was a great look into the original through the eyes of someone who is closest to Judy. It really was a film that got away, both from the original oscars and the 2019 oscars.
Kathryn
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of A Star is Born in general - I loved the Garland, Streisand and Gaga versions (still need to see the Gaynor one). This is a lovely companion book with lots of pictures - a nice tribute from Luft to her mother.
Marc Andrew Downing
An informative reading...

An informative reading...Learned a lot more about Judy as the information was from her daughter who actually knew her and not by some bibliographer. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Hollywood history
Offbalance
This would have made a great magazine article, if it stayed focused on the 1954 film. Instead it's some odd reports on the 1937 and 1976 films, and a lot of ramblings on Lorna Luft's relationships with her mother and father. What she does discuss about the book is fairly interesting.
Lisa Mcbroom
Lorna Luft's book is also a loving memoir to her mother the great Judy Garland. Recently I viewed this movie on TCM and in my opinion it's the best remake. Also Luft delves into the pop culture and the social aspects of the eras the remakes were made.
Mandi
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding look into the picture, expertly told by Lorna Luft. I loved reading more of the background to the making of the film, as well as more about Judy as a whole.
Joey Sharpe
Nothing new information -wise but still interesting.
Jay
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but the Ronald Haver book that documented his restoration of the film has more detail and more of a sense of discovery.
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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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