University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Lorna Luft

Born to the legendary Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna began her career on her mother’s TV show at the age of 11. She went on to perform on Broadway in Promises Promises, Snoopy, the Musical and Extremities. She has performed in domestic and international productions of They’re Playing Our Song, Guys and Dolls, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Holiday Inn and White Christmas. She appeared on film and TV in Grease 2, Where the Boys Are and Trapper John, M.D.

Lorna co-produced Life with Judy Garland, the Emmy-winning miniseries based on her memoir "Me and My Shadows." Her latest book, "A Star Is Born: Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away" was released on September 18 to rave reviews. She also celebrates her mother’s songbook in a one-woman show and CD, Songs My Mother Taught Me.

Scheduled events:
The Golden Age of Movie Musicals
Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Judy Garland all wrote their own chapters in the history of show business. Todd Purdum and Lorna Luft have expanded those chapters into books that Richard Hanson will open today. Purdum and Luft will discuss how Rodgers, Hammerstein and Garland (who starred in the first music-based A Star Is Born) launched a Golden Age for musicals as movies.

Social Sciences Auditorium (Seats 500)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Book / Movie Biz
Signing area: Social Sciences Auditorium Special Signing (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Lorna Luft, Todd Purdum
Moderator: Richard Hanson
Remembering Robin Williams and Judy Garland
Authors discuss the lives of iconic figures Judy Garland and Robin Williams.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dave Itzkoff, Lorna Luft
Moderator: Kirk Ellis

A Star Is Born (Turner Classic Movies): Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away
Book / Movie Biz
Running Press Adult
September 2018
ISBN 9780762464814
248 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
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New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Office Technologies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Marshall Foundation

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