Judy Garland's daughter has revealed that she will not see director Rupert Goold's new blockbuster biopic about her mother's life – because she has the & # 39; career and legacy & # 39; of the late star.
Lorna Luft, 66, spoke today at Good Morning Britain and did not say she intended to watch the controversial retelling of Garland & # 39; s troubled later years, in which Renee Zellweger plays the lead role and focuses on the months prior to her died in 1969 at the age of 47.
The film, released on October 4, sees The Wizard of Oz star at the end of her career while agreeing to enter into a series of dates at a London nightclub. The film tells how Garland, addicted to resources and with poor mental health, struggled to perform.
Luft, one of Garland's three children, including Hollywood star Liza Minelli, said watching her mother's many films was preferable to seeing the biopic.
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Judy Garland & # 39; s daughter Lorna Luft told Good Morning Britain that she will not see the new film about her mother, Judy, with Renee Zellweger as her mother
Luft, 66, said she & # 39; protective & # 39; remains for the legacy of her deceased mother and wants people to watch the star's films to learn more about her life than about the biopic. Pictured: Judy Garland in 1950
The new film, starring Zellweger (photo), focuses on the final years of Garland & # 39; s career, including a series of dates she struggled to perform in The Talk of the Town, a nightclub in London
She told GMB presenters Ben Shepherd and Susanna Reed: & You know, I really protect my mother's legacy and my mother's legendary career. And I feel that if you really want to know what my mother is, she has to go and watch her movies and listen to her recordings and watch her television programs. & # 39;
She added: By the time my mother was 37, she had made 39 films and had done more than 500 radio shows, 1,257 concerts. So it was an extraordinary career. & # 39;
Asked about her mother's influence on well-documented drug abuse, she swept the question away and said, "I sit here and think to myself that I am the happiest person in the world who has had her as my mother." 39;
Luft would not reveal what it was like to experience her mother's dark times and say: & I am sitting here and thinking to myself that I am the happiest person in the world who has had her as my mother. & # 39;
Sisters Dorothy Thomas (left) Odette Hallowes (center) and Emma Townsend (right) are on the photo and show off their George Cross medals for women
She told GMB hosts that she would not watch the new film, directed by Rupert Goold
Speaking of her mother's death at the age of 47 in 1969, she said: & She died early, but what an incredible legacy she left behind. & # 39;
Judy Garland was depicted in 1969 in the former London nightclub The Talk of The Town, now the Hippodrome outside the Leicester Square metro station
She added: & She died early, but what an incredible legacy she left behind. & # 39;
And when she was pressed what it was like to grow up with an icon, she quoted Tracey Ellis Ross, the daughter of Diana Ross.
She said Tracey had told her: & I didn't live in her shadow, I lived in her embrace. And I thought, "How wonderful, what a wonderful thing to say. And that's how I feel. & # 39;
Yesterday, Garland & # 39; s former British personal assistant and a close friend of the star, Rosalyn Wilder, opened by Garland & # 39; s famous short residency at The Talk of The Town club in London, revealing that the star was confident shattered and she & # 39; had lost the ability & # 39; to be her own person & # 39 ;.
Judy is pictured here on the set of her movie & # 39; The Wizard of Oz & # 39; from 1939, where she played the lead role of Dorothy at the age of 16
Judy & # 39; s problems are often attributed to her time as a child star, allegedly buried with amphetamine and sleeping pills, and forced to live on a diet of chicken soup, black coffee, and 80 cigarettes a day while filming & # 39; Wizard of Oz & # 39 ;.
Appears on Lorraine, Wilder revealed how when she met Judy at the end of her career, the star & # 39; small & # 39; layman and deprived of every & # 39; species independence & # 39; due to the long-term abuse she had suffered.
She said: & # 39; She was completely fragile, small. Because of the abuse and all the things that have been done to her over the years, she did not have any independence.
& # 39; It was "get up Judy, sit down Judy, take these Judy pills". She had lost the ability to be her own person. & # 39;
Rosalyn further explained that although the voice of the American actress was not as strong as at the start of her career, she & # 39; star quality in spades & # 39; had.
The icon is displayed here during The Talk of The Town and gives a tense representation of her classic song & # 39; Somewhere Over The Rainbow & # 39; from & # 39; The Wizard of Oz & # 39;
She said: & # 39; On a good night, once you had done that (got her on stage) and she went on, she was great.
& # 39; I mean, was the voice just as good as twenty years earlier? Probably not, but that didn't matter.
& # 39; There was still this star quality that she had in spades and that was all there was. & # 39;
Garland's problems with drugs and alcohol, however, meant that she was sometimes unable to perform adequately at the club, which is now the Hippodrome outside the Leicester Square metro station.
One evening, while also accompanied by another assistant and friend named Lorna Smith, now 93, Judy was saddened and pelted with sandwiches after being an hour and a half late and intoxicated for the show.
Good friend of Judy Rosalyn Wilder appeared on Lorraine this morning to discuss how she helped the star through her series of London shows
Regarding the incident, Rosalyn said: & # 39; It's actually true. You must remember that she probably arrived an hour and a half late, so you test the audience a bit. & # 39;
However, Judy was also accompanied by one of the most decorated female heroes of the Second World War, Odette Hallowes, a survivor of a concentration camp and a special employee who gave the assembled crowd some harsh words.
Speaking frankly against the The Spectator USA earlier this week, Lorna talked about the incident and explained that Odette told the crowd exactly what she thought of them & # 39 ;.
Rosalyn revealed: & # 39; She was defended by that lady who was tortured by the Gestapo during the war & # 39 ;, she told the publication.
& # 39; She went upstairs and told them what she thought of them. Good for her. & # 39;
The right hand was important in Judy's life because she was one of the few people who would not give her access to the pills she wanted.
She said: & # 39; I thought if you could persuade her to continue … people usually respond to people who trust them and make them believe in themselves. & # 39;
Regarding the weak state in which Judy found himself after a life of torture, Rosalyn says that the pictogram simply could not withstand the abuse she saw, and was & # 39; so beaten up & # 39; that & # 39; she didn't make it & # 39 ;.
She said: & # 39; A lot of young children at that time (facing abuse), some of them endured better than others. Judy was so beaten up that she couldn't make it. & # 39;
The series of shows will be shown in an upcoming biopic about the life of Judy, entitled Judy, which will be released next month and Renee Zellweger, 50, portrays the legendary singer.
Speaking of the film, Rosalyn greeted the role as: & # 39; The Imagination of a Life Time. & # 39;
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