Lorna Luft, the daughter of the legendary Judy Garland, has been living a life filled with blessings and curses.
Growing up, Luft was subjected to the “devastating” highs and lows that accompanied her mother’s addiction. At one point, she found herself taking care of her mother despite her young age.
She inherited some of Garland’s talent, which helped her become a successful entertainer in her own right, but the journey wasn’t an easy one. She also had her own substance abuse problems to deal with during the days of Studio 54.
“We were doing cocaine, we were doing all sorts of things,” she said. “I’ll never forget, somebody came up to me and said, ‘Do you not think that maybe you’re doing the same thing that your mom did?’ I said, ‘No no no, she had a problem. I only do it at night.'”
Luft cleaned up her act after she came to the realization that she wanted to start a family and did not want her children to experience what she did when she was younger.
Things got better for Luft, and for the next few decades, she focused on her career and continuing her mother’s legacy, until a health crisis derailed her.
In 2012, the Grease 2 star was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was forced to undergo months of chemotherapy as well as a lumpectomy. She was told that the cancer was gone, but it returned 18 months later.
She had seven ribs taken out and underwent a mastectomy before finally going into remission. She has remained cancer-free for a couple of years, but that has now changed.
Luft was in London for a performance, but as soon as it was over, she reportedly collapsed backstage. She was rushed to a hospital, and was that’s when she was given the devastating diagnosis.