Liza Minnelli gave half-sister Lorna Luft some Birthday love on social media today, posting on her official Facebook page:
“Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister Lorna Luft Official xoxo”
Liza also posted some personal photos (below) of the two through the years.
Luft was born in Santa Monica, California on November 21, 1952 to Judy Garland and her third husband, producer Sid Luft. She made her show-business debut at age 11 singing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” on the 1963 Christmas episode of her mother’s CBS television series, The Judy Garland Show. Siblings Liza Minnelli and Joey Luft also appeared in this episode. She soon joined the family act on a summer concert tour, the highlight being Garland’s third and final appearance at New York City’s famed Palace Theatre on Broadway in 1967.In this month-long engagement, Judy Garland “shared” the bill with Lorna (then 14 years old) and son Joey (12 years old). The show was recorded live and released on ABC Records as Judy Garland: At Home At The Palace.
Luft has been a regular personality on stage since making her Broadway debut in 1971 at the Shubert Theatre as a replacement cast member in the musical Promises, Promises. She also starred in the 1981 national tour of They’re Playing Our Song. In 1983, she played Peppermint Patty in the Off-Broadway production of Snoopy!!! The Musical( the sequel to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), later that year she co-starred in Extremities with Farrah Fawcett. Luft appeared as Paulette Rebchuck in the 1982 film Grease 2. (Other film credits include Where the Boys Are ’84 (1984), Fear Stalk (1989), 54 (1998) and My Giant (1998).)
From 1992 through 1994, she played Adelaide in the American and world tour productions of Guys and Dolls. In 1996, she appeared in an Irish production of Follies in Dublin with Mary Millar, Alex Sharpe, Christine Scarry, Aidan Conway, Enda Markey, Dave Willetts and Millicent Martin. In 2002, she starred as Mama Rose in a University of Richmond school production of Gypsy.
In November 2006 through January 2007, she appeared in the UK premiere of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical, a new stage adaptation based on the film. Lorna reprised her role in White Christmas the next year, playing the Edinburgh Playhouse from November 19 to December 8, 2007 and the Wales Millennium Centre in the Donald Gordon Theatre from December 13, 2007 through January 12, 2008.
In October 2007, she released her debut CD Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother Taught Me in the United Kingdom. Produced by Barry Manilow and her husband Colin R. Freeman, the album celebrates the music of her mother. In 2005 she toured Ireland with her stage show, Songs My Mother Taught Me. In June 2006, she surprised audiences at Carnegie Hall by performing a duet with Rufus Wainwright on the song “After You’ve Gone” at the end of Wainwright’s tribute concert of Garland’s triumphant 1961 comeback at Carnegie Hall. Luft then appeared in The Wizard Of Oz, the stage show of the movie that made her mother famous, at The Lowry Centre in Manchester, England. She portrayed the Wicked Witch of the West (played by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 film).