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Lorna Luft

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Submitted By: stuntpope
Posted Date: September 3, 2008
Last Updated: October 13, 2011
 
 
Lorna Luft
Claim to fame: Second daughter of Judy Garland, who got her start singing in Vegas clubs and on variety shows. Always in her sister Liza Minnelli's shadow, she headed to Broadway in the early 1970s where she appeared in Promises Promises, They're Playing Our Song, Extremities, and many other touring companies of hit musicals. In 1982, Lorna appeared in Grease 2, the sequel to Grease, but the movie bombed. Her second attempt at a film career, Where the Boys Are '84 failed to get her any more roles.
 
 
Lorna Luft
Where are they now? In 1998, Luft wrote her controversial memoir, Me and My Shadows, which was turned into an Emmy winning miniseries in 2001. Still active in the musical theater community, she has appeared in productions in the UK and Off Broadway. In 2006, Luft unveiled her one woman show Songs My Mother Taught Me, dedicated to her legendary mother. An album of songs from the show was released the following year.
 
 
 
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mook said:
September 15, 2008 7:38 AM
A SCHOOLGIRL from Bury has walked the yellow brick road once before - but this time it will lead to fame.

After three days of gruelling auditions, Katie Schofield has been chosen to click her ruby heels as Dorothy in The Lowry's Christmas musical, The Wizard of Oz.

The 16-year-old, from Tottington, has stepped into Dorothy's magic slippers before, when she starred in Tottington High School's production of The Wizard of Oz two years ago.

But The Lowry production will take her to another level as she stars alongside Judy Garland's daughter, Lorna Luft, who will play the Wicked Witch of the West.

Another co-host might cause the teenager problems. Dorothy's pet Toto may be her best friend in the production - but Katie has a phobia of dogs.

She said: "I was really chuffed to have even got down to the final four so to win was absolutely incredible. Meeting Lorna was amazing. She taught us to sing clearly, without warbling like pop singers. The whole experience has been completely surreal and I am still in a state of shock.

"I've had a phobia of dogs since one chased me when I was about three. Now I'm petrified. But I'm sure I'll manage - it'll just take some good acting skills!"

Just last week, Katie was treading the boards at the Dancehouse Theatre, in Manchester, in The Company's production of the Rose and The Ring.

The teenager beat 160 other hopefuls in the Dorothy Idol auditions. The would-be Dorothies travelled from the ends of the UK and over the Channel to play alongside the tin man, lion and scarecrow.

They arrived at The Lowry on Monday to show off their singing skills in front of judges Viv and Jim Wells, producers of the Wizard of Oz, and David Fry, The Lowry's head of theatres programming.

After Monday's first round of singing auditions, 50 lucky girls were chosen to take part in the dance auditions on Tuesday, from which four finalists were selected.

Lorna Luft, whose mother played the `original' Dorothy in 1939, coached the girls on their singing and, after discussions among the judging panel, Katie was declared the winnend such a talented young actress so close to The Lowry. Girls came to audition from Paris, Glasgow, Somerset and all over so we're thrilled to have found Dorothy on our doorstep."

Katie will appear in The Wizard of Oz from November 29 to January 4.

The production will feature special effects including a tornado and flying witch. Lavish costumes and dance routines will accompany Dorothy and her dog Toto's journey from their monochrome world on a farm in Kansas, to Munchkin City in the colourful land of Oz.
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