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A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away
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Lorna Luft Jeffrey Vance
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A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away

Lorna Luft Jeffrey Vance


9780762464814

Running Press


Film, TV & Radio;
Films, movies & cinema;
Biography: arts & entertainment


Hardback

224 pages

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A Star is Born is being remade for release in October 2018. The 1954 version was the triumph and tragedy of Judy Garlands's life and that story is told here by her daughter

A Star is Born - the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the downfall of her mentor/lover along the way - has never gone out of style. It has seen five film adaptations, but none compares to the 1954 version starring Judy Garland in her greatest role. But while it was the crowning performance of the legendary entertainer's career, the production turned into one of the most talked about in movie history.

The story, which depicts the dark side of fame, addiction, loss, and suicide, paralleled Garland's own tumultuous life in many ways. While hitting alarmingly close to home for the fragile star, it ultimately led to a superlative performance - one that was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost in one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. Running far too long for the studio's tastes, Warner Bros. notoriously slashed extensive amounts of footage from the finished print, leaving A Star is Born in tatters and breaking the hearts of both the film's star and director George Cukor.

Today, with a director's cut reconstructed from previously lost scenes and audio, the 1954 A Star is Born has taken its deserved place among the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. Now, Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland and the film's producer, Sid Luft, tells the story of the production, and of her mother's fight to save her career, as only she could. Teaming with film historian Jeffrey Vance, A Star is Born is a vivid and refreshingly candid account of the crafting, loss, and restoration of a movie classic, complemented by a trove of images from the family collection taken both on and off the set.

The book also includes essays on the other screen adaptations of A Star is Born, to round out a complete history of a story that has remained a Hollywood favorite for close to a century.

By:   Lorna Luft, Jeffrey Vance
Imprint:   Running Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 186mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   920g
ISBN:   9780762464814
ISBN 10:   076246481X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Lorna Luft is the daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft. She is the author of the bestselling book Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir (Pocket Books, 1998). After making her television debut on her mother's 1963 Christmas special, Luft embarked on her own career as a singer and actress on the stage, film, and TV. She has performed on and off Broadway in Lolita, and Promises, Promises; in national tours of Grease and Guys and Dolls; at the Rainbow Room, the Hollywood Bowl, and the White House. Luft lives in Palm Springs, CA. Jeffrey Vance is a film historian, author, and producer. His books include Douglas Fairbanks (UC Press, 2008) and a trilogy of volumes published by Abrams on comedy legends: Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema (2003), Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian (2002), and Buster Keaton Remembered (2001). Vance lives in Los Angeles, CA.


A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away is delightfully full of back story for the first four versions. Ms. Luft and Mr. Vance began their collaboration in 2010 and clearly did all it took to get the final product, a gem for Judy Garland fans, as well as for film buffs and Hollywood aficionados. This semi-biographical book is everything you'll ever want to know about Garland's 1954 version but never thought to ask. --New York Journal of Books

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