Lorna Luft was born on the 21st November 1952, in Santa Monica, California USA, and is a stage, television and film actress, and singer, but perhaps best known as a daughter of famous singer-actress Judy Garland and Sid Luft. Lorna is a Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actress who has made over 20 stage appearances. Her career started in 1963.
Have you ever wondered how rich Lorna Luft is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Luft’s net worth is as high as $500,000, an amount earned through her acting and singing career. In addition to appearing on stage, Luft has also worked on television and played in feature films, which has improved her wealth.
Lorna Luft Net Worth $500,000
Lorna Luft grew up in California and went to the University High School in Los Angeles, where she was a member of a school choir. Together with siblings Liza Minnelli and Joey Luft, Lorna sang “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” on her mother’s CBS television series “The Judy Garland Show” in 1963. Soon after, Luft appeared in the musical “I Could Go on Singing” (1963) starring her mother and Dirk Bogarde, but waited ten years for her next television project.
In the meantime, Lorna debuted on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre as a replacement cast member in the musical “Promises, Promises” in 1971. The same year she played in Sandy Wilson’s musical “The Boy Friend”, and then had a minor role in the TV series “Love, American Style” in 1973. Two years later, Luft played in an episode of “McCloud”, then put her career on hold for five years before returning to the stage in “Grease” (1980) and “Carnival!” (1980). In the early ‘80s, Lorna appeared in several plays including “They’re Playing Our Song” (1981), “Snoopy! The Musical” (1983) and “Extremities” (1983), while she also had a part in “Grease 2” (1984) with Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield, increasing her net worth considerably.
In 1985, Lorna appeared in an episode of “The Twilight Zone”, and then in “Tales from the Darkside” in 1986, then played Nurse Libby Kegler in 19 episodes of “Trapper John, M.D.” from 1985 to 1986. She ended the decade in such musicals as “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986), “Mame” (1986), “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, and “Girl Crazy” (1988). Her career took a step back in the ’90 as she decided to take another break, however, Luft still worked in such movies as “My Giant” (1998) alongside Billy Crystal, Kathleen Quinlan, and Gheorghe Muresan, and in “54” (1998) with Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, and Neve Campbell. Lorna also had roles in such plays as “Guys and Dolls” (1992) and “Follies” (1996).
Luft almost entirely neglected her on-screen career for the theatre in the 2000s, as she played in numerous musicals including “Gypsy” (2002), “White Christmas” (2006), “The Wizard of Oz” (2008), and “Hello, Dolly!” (2012). Most recently, Luft appeared in an episode of “Sean Saves the World” (2014) starring Sean Hayes. Her net worth was steady.
Regarding her personal life, Lorna Luft was married to Jake Hooker from 1977 to 1993 and has two children with him. She has been married to Colin Freeman since 1996. In January 2013, Loft was diagnosed with grade-2A breast cancer. Following chemotherapy and radiation, Lorna decided to undergo a lumpectomy to save her breast; however, cancer re-emerged in June 2015.
Was a background vocalist for the rock band, Blondie, on their 1979 album, "Eat to the Beat" (on the songs "Slow Motion" and "Accidents Never Happen").
Her candid memoir "Me and My Shadows" created a big rift with father/producer Sidney Luft who was also trying to pitch a book. It also didn't help mend the longstanding feud with half-sister Liza Minnelli, who felt Lorna sold out their mother. Since the book has come out, Liza has backed out of a Carnegie Hall tribute to Judy that Lorna was hosting, and Lorna was a no-show at Liza's wedding extravaganza to David Gest, claiming she was booked to perform at a "gay Mardi Gras" in Sydney, Australia.
Touring now for years (since 1999) with the highly successful "Songs My Mother Taught Me", a multi-media show that embraces the songs and orchestrations Judy Garland used in her concerts.
Recorded "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", a duet with her late mother, Judy Garland, implementing the same technology Natalie Cole used in her rendition of "Unforgettable" with her dad, Nat 'King' Cole.
Lorna's children are Jesse Richards (aka Jesse Hooker) (born April 1984) and Vanessa Richards (aka Hooker Vanessa)) (born September 1990).