Lorna Luft: Accentuating the Positive

By Deb J

Coming from a ‘show biz’ family has its advantages. But unless one is truly gifted, works hard and is incredibly persistent, it’s very difficult to sustain a career in entertainment. Lorna Luft, the daughter of Judy Garland and the sister of Liza Minnelli, has established a long and successful career in her own right. Puerto Vallarta is pleased to welcome back Lorna Luft for performances on February 11, 12, 13 and 14 at The Red Room, Act II Entertainment.
To say that Puerto Vallarta was abuzz with anticipation for her arrival last year would be an understatement.
And perhaps this year the anticipation is even greater, now that we know first hand, what a great talent, fabulous entertainer and genuinely nice person she is.
When you listen to Lorna sing, you can feel the music deeply as she delves into each song with heart and soul.
With a very classy, cabaret style, she gently woos the audience with her gentle melodies and expressive delivery.
Although great performers like Luft, make it look easy, we know there are only a few that convey that ‘special magic,’ we’re all looking for in entertainment. Born on November 21, 1952, as the daughter of legendary performer Judy Garland, Lorna Luft has carved out her own career as an entertainer.
Her first appearances were on ‘The Judy Garland Show,’ when she was an adolescent.
In 1967, she joined the Broadway show, ‘At Home at the Palace,’ singing duets with her mother. After her mother’s death, she moved on to make television guest appearances, act in movies and star in theater along with pursuing a music career.
She spent almost two years on the road, performing in the musical, ‘Guys and Dolls.’ Lorna put her vocal talents to use in films like, ‘Grease 2’ and ‘Where the Boys Are.’ She also appeared with Farrah Fawcett in the incredibly gripping movie, ‘Extremities.’
She is the author of the 1998 book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir.
In 2001, the book was adapted as an Emmy-winning TV miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.
Having premiered her one-woman show, Songs My Mother Taught Me, in London in 2004, she has since toured several times with the production.
The show is a celebration of her mother’s most famous songs. Lorna puts her own spin on Garland standards like ‘The Man That Got Away’ and ‘Chicago.’ A CD of the music from the show was released in 2007.
On a personal level, people find Lorna a very comfortable person to be around.
Her lovely, calm demeanor, along with her every day, normal conversations make her both a fascinating and an approachable person to spend time with.
Having both experienced and contributed to many different areas of the entertainment business, Lorna Luft is perhaps most at home on the intimate cabaret stage, communicating the lyrics and music of beloved songs to her audience.

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