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. She had a huge depression problem which may have been brought on in some ways by her childhood, her mother, and the drinking and drugs.
Sid was her confidant, her husband, her manager, her protector, and he tried to keep her away from drugs and alcohol. Of course, it didn't always work and once they were no longer together, she had no one who understood her needs and watched over her. She died at age Aug 23, Roger Bryant rated it liked it.
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 s - 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 Although the story of Judy Garland has been told many times, this volume offers an insider's perspective that few have provided. It appears that Luft's manuscript he died in has been extensively reshaped to fit readers e. A foreword describes some of this process and explains why post events are telescoped.
There also is some expected score-settling, but that is fairly typical for this type of book. May 21, Coleen rated it liked it.
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 The latter part of the book- I liked. It's a shame that at that time in history, medication to treat bi-polar, anxiety, depression were not to be had. What a difference it would have been for Judy. Honest, forthright and a good read I 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".
Jul 30, Mirandajo rated it liked it.
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. Nov 26, Kim Becker rated it liked it. Interesting story but not as much about Judy as I expected.
Dec 27, Angie rated it really liked it. An interesting insight into the life of a legend and a bygone era. Poor old Judy.
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows is a American two-part, four- hour biographical television miniseries based on the book Me and My. With Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey. The Judy Garland story from the s until her death.
He was good for her. May 16, Cook Memorial Public Library rated it really liked it Shelves: staff-nonfiction-favorites , actors , memoir , nonfiction. A staff favorite recommended by Susie. Jun 17, Juliahoney Kamenker rated it it was amazing. Jun 11, Susanne rated it really liked it. Such a sad story. Such an amazing talent. A terrible shame. Well constructed and written book. Perhaps the most epic self-own ever. Herein, he hangs himself many times over.
liaduhucan.tk But give the man his due: he wanted to tell his story. Unfortunately for him, he does not come off well. That weekend I went off to the races with my pals. Beatrice Bradarovic rated it it was amazing May 18, Brian Hadnutt rated it really liked it Mar 17, Justina Hamilton rated it really liked it Sep 07, Daniel Stevenson rated it liked it Jun 05, Cecilia rated it really liked it Aug 16, Wayne K rated it it was amazing Apr 03, Amy rated it liked it Sep 16, Marc Paquette rated it really liked it Jul 01, Kathy Canova rated it really liked it Jan 27, Apr 13, Jeff rated it liked it.
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! For the few that care, Sid's early pre-Judy years are a total bore. His account of his time with Judy in the s and early s, however, is very interesti 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. His account of his time with Judy in the s and early s, however, is very interesting.
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