Judy and I My Life with Judy Garland The third of Judy Garland s five husbands Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy s meteoric comeback after she was unceremoniously

  • Title: Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland
  • Author: Sid Luft Randy L. Schmidt
  • ISBN: 9781613735831
  • Page: 137
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The third of Judy Garland s five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy s meteoric comeback after she was unceremoniously booted off the MGM lot he produced her iconic, Oscar nominated vehicle A Star Is Born and expertly shaped her concert career Previously unpublished, Sid Luft s intimate autThe third of Judy Garland s five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy s meteoric comeback after she was unceremoniously booted off the MGM lot he produced her iconic, Oscar nominated vehicle A Star Is Born and expertly shaped her concert career Previously unpublished, Sid Luft s intimate autobiography tells his and Judy s story in hard boiled yet elegant prose It begins on a fateful night in New York City when the not quite divorced Judy Garland and the not quite divorced Sid Luft meet at Billy Reed s Little Club and fall for each other The romance lasted Judy s lifetime, despite the separations, the reconciliations, and the divorce Under Luft s management, Judy came back bigger than ever, building a singing career that rivaled Sinatra s However, her drug dependencies and suicidal tendencies put a tremendous strain on the relationship Sid did not complete his memoir it ended in 1960 after Judy hired David Begelman and Freddie Fields to manage her career But Randy L Schmidt, acclaimed editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland and author of Little Girl Blue The Life of Karen Carpenter, seamlessly pieced together the final section of the book from extensive interviews with Sid, most previously unpublished Despite everything, Sid never stopped loving Judy and never forgave himself for not being able to ultimately save her from the demons that drove her to an early death at age forty seven in 1969 Sid served as chief conservator of the Garland legacy until his death at the age of eighty nine in 2005 This is his testament to the love of his life.

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    1. This autobiography from Judy Garland’s third husband, Michael Sidney “Sid” Luft was published nearly 12 years after his death. The book details Luft’s childhood, early years prior to meeting Garland, and his life with the legend leading up to her death in 1969. Luft never finished writing this book, having stopped around 1960 when he was excluded from his wife’s life by Judy and her new handlers. The remaining portions of the book were cobbled together by Randy L. Schmidt (with the per [...]

    2. i have always been a fan of judy garland so i really enjoyed reading about her life from the inside. Sid Luft was her husband for many years and father of two of her children. so he explained a lot, although i am sure he slanted things to make himself sound good. i used my ipad to see the shows he described. it took longer but was a lot of fun.

    3. It's talky and Mr. Luft spends a lot of time on himself, but the insights into Judy Garland, whom I knew when Liza Minnelli and I were high school pals, are well worth the read. Never met anyone as amazing as Judy Garland and I'm hanging on every word.

    4. The autobiography of Judy Garland's husband Sid Luft, primarily focused on their time together. Oh my God, he was SUCH an asshole. And she was so damaged. It was like reading about a train wreck. I have no doubt that he did love her, and she loved him, but he was just part of the problem. She was always so worried about being camera slim and even here he was constantly describing her as slim, round, heavy, having her figure back, etc. It was his obsession, too, and that cannot have helped. The f [...]

    5. Like it's subject - honest, frustrating, addictive. I've been a huge Judy Garland fan since I was fourteen and read (almost) every biography of her of her that I come across. Sadly, Sid Luft, for all his faults, was probably the only husband who might have saved her.

    6. When Judy Garland married her third husband, Sid Luft, in 1952, he was a low-level agent making deals with poverty row studios like Monogram Pictures, and she was a star without a studio. "She had a track record six miles long of hysteria, attempted suicide, and walking off of movie sets," writes Luft, who became her agent and began repairing her reputation by setting up cross-country concert dates.During their 13-year marriage, Garland ricocheted between triumphs (two children and two Oscar nom [...]

    7. Sid Luft was Judy Garland's third husband. Out of all their combined marriages, they were married the longest to each other. Sid writes an entertaining book, filled with famous names from every walk of life. I especially enjoyed the biggest portion of the book which was about his life with Judy Garland. She called herself the black Irish witch. They did truly love each other in spite of all the problems they encountered. Judy was given drugs from an early age when she was in the movies ~ as were [...]

    8. Although the story of Judy Garland has been told many times, this volume offers an insider's perspective that few have provided. Luft clearly loved Judy and, it seems, tried to protect her. In the end, his efforts didn't succeed. The book has gritty detail - particularly about their relationship in the 1950s - and harrowing scenes showing how drug use took a terrible toll on one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century.There are some caveats. It appears that Luft's manuscript (he died in [...]

    9. The latter part of the book- I liked. The first half or third of the book- was tedious- very much about Sid Luft - and only Sid Luft. Luft waits until about a third of the way through the book to write about Judy. Love the memories of Old Hollywood- the business as well as the social. If what I read is to be believed- then Luft truly loved Garland despite her demons, but he still comes off as a bit of a macho blowhard. It's a shame that at that time in history, medication to treat bi-polar, anxi [...]

    10. Honest, forthright and a good readI never cared for Ms Garland nor her vocalizations, and was totally turned off by her antics, but this account by Mr Luft portrays with his obvious deep love, a flawed but gifted woman-child who although constantly battled great demons, captured many hearts as she tried to claim her 'rainbow"

    11. Parts were great, parts were boring, parts were a little harsh. I learned a lot about Judy Garland as well as that time period in Hollywood. Just goes to show the old adage is true, Hollywood can eat you alive. Sid really wrote a lot about himself, so don't be surprised if you are expecting a true bio on Judy Garland.

    12. Such a sad story. Such an amazing talent. A terrible shame. Well constructed and written book. Recommended.

    13. I'm hesitant to give a full review of this book because I was recently at a little gathering where people were discussing what they were currently reading. When I said I was reading Sid Luft's biography a woman next to me exclaimed, "I couldn't be less interested!" Me laughing at that may be the most memorable thing about reading this book.For the few that care, Sid's early pre-Judy years are a total bore. His account of his time with Judy in the 1950s and early 1960s, however, is very interesti [...]

    14. This overly-long, repetitive book is way too much about the "I" (Sid Luft) for the first half, and then focuses too much on revolting revelations about Judy in the second half. Completely skip most of the first half of the book--Luft's life before Judy was boring and his ego comes through on every page. The Judy chapters range from hyperbole to fascinating. Luft claims every performance she ever gave brought people to tears and that "every newspaper in America" wrote about her stage resurrection [...]

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