Although Judy Garland has been gone for five decades, many of us still remember the iconic actress and the films she made unforgettable.
Judy met her untimely end in 1969, at the age of 47. She passed away as a result of a barbiturate overdose. Her middle child, Lorna Luft, was only 16 at the time and it was hard for her to cope with mom’s passing.
However, Lorna still remembers her fondly and has shared some of her precious memories in a new interview with Sunday Times Post.
Lorna remembers her legendary mom
Losing a parent is always hard, but especially so when it happens suddenly. Lorna recalled the overwhelming grief she felt after her mom’s passing and the strange feeling of having to share it with Judy’s numerous fans:
When she died, in the bathroom of her Chelsea mews house on June 22, 1969, the show and sense of loss were almost unbearable. Losing a parent at any age is devastating, but when you lose a parent who’s really, really famous, you have to share your grief with the rest of the world and that’s so strange. I just knew her as my mother, in the kitchen in a bathrobe, but to the world, she was an icon, a legend.
Although Judy left the world too soon, Lorna still remembers how loving she was and the important values she taught her.
She was a great mother — incredibly loving, touchy-feeling and with a wicked sense of humor.
She understood about human frailties in other people and was very understanding. She hated discrimination and loved everyone. Both of my parents taught me kindness, understanding and not taking things for granted.
Lorna eventually followed in her mom’s footsteps and became an actress and singer (Lorna’s older half-sister, Liza Minnelli, did too). She says that memories of Judy are indelible in her mind and she still feels her presence:
I’m reminded that my mother is gone every single day. I’ll see her picture in a card store, or hear her voice on the radio. Yet I feel she is on my shoulder — she’s always with me. She was an extraordinary person and I’m deeply grateful she was my mother.
Lorna’s struggle with her mom’s fame
For a long time, Lorna found it hard to cope with living without her mom as well as with being defined as 'Judy Garland’s daughter'. She said in an interview with The Guardian:
I was trying to make my own footsteps in the sand and thinking, am I only ever going to get compared to my mum? So I ran away. I ran away from a legend, who wasn’t even there anymore.
But she added that she eventually came to terms with being a megastar’s child and made her own name. Lorna is still grateful to her mom for the values she instilled in her that made her own ascent to stardom possible.