Sidney Luft

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Sidney Luft
Sidneyluft.jpg
BornMichael Sidney Luft
November 2, 1915 (1915-11-02)
New York City
DiedSeptember 15, 2005 (2005-09-16) (aged 89)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
OccupationImpresario
Home townNew York City
Spouse(s)Lynn Bari (1943–1950; divorced)
Judy Garland (1952–1965; divorced)
Patti Hemingway (1970–1971; divorced)
Camille Keaton (1993–2005; his death)
ChildrenJohn Luft
Lorna Luft
Joey Luft
Andrew Luft
 
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Sidney Luft
Sidneyluft.jpg
BornMichael Sidney Luft
November 2, 1915 (1915-11-02)
New York City
DiedSeptember 15, 2005 (2005-09-16) (aged 89)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
OccupationImpresario
Home townNew York City
Spouse(s)Lynn Bari (1943–1950; divorced)
Judy Garland (1952–1965; divorced)
Patti Hemingway (1970–1971; divorced)
Camille Keaton (1993–2005; his death)
ChildrenJohn Luft
Lorna Luft
Joey Luft
Andrew Luft

Sidney Luft (November 2, 1915 – September 15, 2005) was an American show business figure and the third husband of American actress and singer Judy Garland.

Early life[edit]

He was born Michael Sidney Luft in New York City, to Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. His family moved to Westchester County, where he grew up.

Career[edit]

Luft was once an amateur boxer and bar-room brawler and had the nickname "One-Punch Luft." He was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and in the early 40s was a test pilot for Douglas.

He is credited with keeping Garland working[1] and with setting up a deal with Warner Brothers to bankroll his wife's comeback film, a 1954 musical remake of A Star Is Born plus future projects.

Luft's name is on the film's credits as producer. Although it won an Oscar nomination for Garland, box office receipts proved disappointing. The studio canceled the Luft-Garland contract, which would have starred Judy in two additional Warner films, and given Luft a berth at Warner's as a producer.

Luft's first Hollywood assignment was as the secretary and manager of dancer Eleanor Powell.

Personal life[edit]

He was married four times:

Many, including Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli, attribute her greatest concerts and the film of A Star Is Born to Luft. Garland was most content while working.

Death[edit]

Sidney Luft died September 15, 2005 in Santa Monica, California, apparently of a heart attack, aged 89.[1] Luft's funeral service was held at the Riviera Country Club, one of his and Judy Garland's favorite golf courses, and was attended by many notable people from the movie and television community. The club's piano, played throughout Luft's service, was the same one on which the composer Harold Arlen had played the score of A Star is Born for Judy Garland after a golf game the two had shared there.

Relatives[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sid Luft, 89, Movie Producer Who Married Judy Garland, Dies". The New York Times. September 17, 2005. 

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