Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads present Lorna Luft discussing and signing A Star is Born: Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away
@ West Hollywood Public Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood
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. This is a vivid account of a film classic's production, loss, and reclamation.
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 heart 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, and continues to inspire each new generation that discovers it. 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. (Running Press Adult)
In conversation with playwright Josh Ravetch!
This event will take place at the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library. Tickets include one copy of A Star is Born to be received at check in. A book signing with Lorna Luft will follow the talk.
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For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program please visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.
About the Interviewer: Josh Ravetch (Playwright / Director) is perhaps best known for co-creating and directing Carrie Fisher’s One woman show, Wishful Drinking which debuted at The Geffen Playhouse and went on to enjoy a successful Broadway run and became an HBO special. Ravetch also co-wrote and directed Dick Van Dyke’s one man show: A Step in Time, A Musical Memoir also at The Geffen Playhouse. Ravetch’s other plays include, The Astronomer with Shirley Jones, One November Yankee with Harry Hamlin and Loretta Swit and most recently, the award winning play, Chasing Mem’ries: A Different Kind of Musical with Tyne Daly and Robert Forster, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and music by Marvin Hamlisch and Michel Legrand also at The Geffen Playhouse. Other plays include Beacon with Brooks Shields, Writer’s Cramp with Holland Taylor and Off Sides with Olympia Dukakis. His play, Go Figure about ice skating during the cold war and actually starring ice skating legends, Randy Gardner, Tai Babilonia and Dorothy Hamill, is currently touring. Ravetch was the artistic director at The Stella Adler Conservatory and taught with Stella Adler, taking over her signature script interpretation classes. His TV credits include Joan of Arcadia for CBS, Titan for TNT and Horseshoe Bay for Warner Brothers.