Date: Monday 11 March 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly
This event is free and not ticketed. However, we ask that you click ‘ATTENDING’ on our Facebook event so that we can judge the correct number of books to order for the evening, and suggest that you arrive early to purchase your copy and avoid disappointment. Thank you.
Hatchards are delighted to be hosting Lorna Luft, New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland, for a public book signing of: A STAR IS BORN (TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES): Judy Garland and the Film that Got Away.
‘A Star Is Born’ is the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the downfall of her mentor/lover along the way. It has seen five film adaptations, but none of them compares to the 1954 version, starring Judy Garland. 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.
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 favourite for close to a century.