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One trait of addictive families is that we never ...
by Lorna Luft

One trait of addictive families is that we never recognize our own addictions.
- Lorna Luft

I have a healthy body, free of the chemicals that once controlled it.
- Lorna Luft

Barry Manilow has gone from being the love of my life
to being a friend for life.
- Lorna Luft

Studio 54 made Halloween in Hollywood look like a PTA meeting.
- Lorna Luft

 

A gay man has no business leading on a heterosexual woman.
- Lorna Luft

I choose not to think of my life as surviving,
but coping.
- Lorna Luft

My mother's suicide attempts were a way to release
anxiety and get attention.
Some of the attempts were drug reactions she didn't even remember later on.
- Lorna Luft

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When I got a call from Los Angeles to do the Tonight Show,
I considered it more of an inconvenience than an opportunity.
- Lorna Luft

I was born in a blender.
- Lorna Luft

Although I loved Liza as a little girl,
it would be true to say I really didn't know her.
- Lorna Luft

My mother should have been Jewish.
She could have taught a class on how to induce guilt.
- Lorna Luft

I had grown up accustomed to living a life of high drama.
- Lorna Luft

People come up to me as I leave the stage after a performance
and tell me tey saw my mother onstage with me every time I sing.
I keep a sense of humor about it.
- Lorna Luft

Sinatra was just one of Mom's friends.
- Lorna Luft

The one thing I never questioned about my mother was whether she loved me.
- Lorna Luft

When my mother signed at MGM, that was the only kind
of contract you could sign.
There was no such thing as an independent agent.
- Lorna Luft

I used drugs as a social activity; a way to have fun with friends.
- Lorna Luft

Even at al my mother's concerts, I had never seen people
go crazy the way they did with the Beatles.
- Lorna Luft

My mother's life had been destroyed by the Garland legend.
- Lorna Luft

The eyebrow pencil and false eyelashes were essential;
my mother didn't feel dressed without them.
- Lorna Luft

My sister Liza and I have never felt that we were in competition.
- Lorna Luft

When your parent is a public idol, you never really
have a chance to lay that parent to rest.
- Lorna Luft

There is a time of reckoning in all our lives.
- Lorna Luft

When I look back at The Judy Garland Show,
I have such mixed feelings.
It broke my mother's heart when they canceled it.
- Lorna Luft

Vincente understood all too well what was happening to Liza;
he had gone through it 40 years earlier with my mother.
- Lorna Luft

If you really want to kill yourself,
you get a gun and blow your head off.
- Lorna Luft

My mother was a phoenix who always expected to rise
from the ashes of her latest disaster.
She loved being Judy Garland.
- Lorna Luft

The world fell apart.
Sirhan Sirhan shot Bobby Kennedy.
Why were people shooting all the Kennedys? Had the country gone mad?
- Lorna Luft

I spent an entire evening seated between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly,
being charmed from either side.
It was pure Hollywood magic.
- Lorna Luft

Instead of joyfully looking forward to my birth,
my mother began systematically preparing for her own death.
She was fatalistic.
- Lorna Luft

People are always asking me what it's like to be Judy Garland's daughter.
It's hard to be a legend's child.
- Lorna Luft

Liza is in the tabloids almost as much as our mother was.
She has struggled with her own ghosts and shadows.
- Lorna Luft

To me, being grown-up meant smoking cigarettes,
drinking cocktails, and dressing up in high heels and glamourous outfits.
- Lorna Luft

When you're Judy Garland and you want something,
you just pick up the phone and call somebody.
Anybody.
- Lorna Luft

Living in continual chaos is exhausting,
frightening.
The catch is that it's also very addictive.
- Lorna Luft

A star needs all the rest she can get.
- Lorna Luft

Dodi got a lot of criticism when he began dating Princess Diana.
No one seemed to think he was good enough for her.
- Lorna Luft

There are some family traditions I don't want my children to carry on.
- Lorna Luft

The sicker mother got, the stranger the people surrounding her became.
I called them The Garland Freaks.
- Lorna Luft

The high point of my entire junior high school career
was going backstage to meet George Harrison.
I was simply awestruck.
- Lorna Luft

It was at one of the parties at our house that The Rat Pack got started.
- Lorna Luft

A career is all very well, but no one lives by work alone.
- Lorna Luft

Between them, my parents had 10 marriages.
- Lorna Luft

The most memorable night of The Judy Garland Show for
me was the night my mother pulled me out of the audience and sang to me onstage.
- Lorna Luft

Life will force you to make changes you never wanted to make.
- Lorna Luft

My mother wasn't rational those last years;
if she had been,
she would have been horrified by her own behavior.
- Lorna Luft

Dinah had all the class.
- Lorna Luft

The only difference between the Bel Air of the '90s
and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies
are Latina instead of British,
and the cars European instead of American.
- Lorna Luft

I have spent much of my adult life flinching with pain
as I tried to pull out the threads that bound the shadows of my past to me.
- Lorna Luft

My mother was electric onstage, and I vividly recall
the extraordinary power she had over her audiences.
- Lorna Luft

Children have a way of forcing you back into the present moment.
- Lorna Luft

Fabio kept asking me out, but I knew we'd never get
his ego through the door.
- Lorna Luft

One of the oddities about being Judy Garland's daughter
was that everyone treated my mother with such awe that
they would never have asked me the normal questions
kids get about their moms.
- Lorna Luft

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt


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