Attitude - - Front Page - Jef­frey Vance and Lorna Luft/ Run­ning Press

Books, films and mu­sic

Be­fore there was Gaga, there was Gar­land.

A Star Is Born, the clas­sic Hollywood tale about a young star ris­ing to fame and the down­fall of her men­tor along the way, has seen five film adap­ta­tions, but none com­pares with the 1954 ver­sion star­ring Judy Gar­land in pos­si­bly her great­est r ole. The story, de­pict­ing the dark side of fame, ad­dic­tion and sui­cide, par­al­leled Judy’s own tumultuous life. Here, her daugh­ter, Lorna Luft, tells the st ory of the troubled pro­duc­tion, and of her mother’s fight t o save her ca­reer. It in­cludes in­ci­sive com­men­tary from film his­to­rian Jef­frey Vance, es­says on the other sc reen adap­ta­tions, and some lav­ish il­lus­tra­tions. Out now

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