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Sidney Luft

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Cause of death  Natural causes
Home town  New York City
Resting place  cremated
Name  Sidney Luft
Occupation  Impresario
Role  Judy Garland's ex-husband
Years active  1947-2004

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Full Name  Michael Sidney Luft
Born  November 2, 1915 (1915-11-02) New York City, U.S.
Relatives  Pearl (Peri) Luft Fleischman sister
Died  September 15, 2005, Santa Monica, California, United States
Children  Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, John Luft, Andrew Luft
Spouse  Camille Keaton (m. 1993–2005)
Grandchildren  Jesse Hooker, Vanessa Hooker
Movies  A Star Is Born, French Leave
Similar People  Judy Garland, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, Vincente Minnelli, Mark Herron


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


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Early life

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


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 1940s was a test pilot for Douglas Aircraft Company.

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

He is credited with keeping Judy Garland working and with setting up a deal with Warner Bros. 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. A Star Is Born was a major critical success. During its first release, the picture proved to be very popular with audiences and grossed an enormous amount of money, but it failed to recoup its production costs. This was considered a major factor in Garland not winning the Academy Award that year for Best Actress. As a result, 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.

Personal life

He was married five times:

  • In December, 1940 to aspiring actress MaryLou Simpson. They divorced in 1942.
  • On November 28, 1943 to actress Lynn Bari. They had two children, a daughter who was a stillborn and a son named John Michael Luft (b. 1948). They divorced on December 26, 1950.
  • On June 29, 1952 to actress Judy Garland. They had two children, Lorna Luft (born November 21, 1952 in Santa Monica, California) and Joseph Wiley "Joey" Luft (born March 29, 1955 in Los Angeles). They separated in 1963 and divorced in 1965. Garland accused him of drunkenness and abuse.
  • In 1970 New York, to Patti Hemingway, from whom he was later divorced.
  • On March 20, 1993 to Camille Keaton, who is related to Buster Keaton.
  • Death

    Sidney Luft died on September 15, 2005 in Santa Monica, California, apparently of a heart attack, at the age of 89.


  • Kilroy Was Here (1947)
  • French Leave (1948)
  • General Electric Theater (TV) (Episode: Judy Garland Musical Special)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • Ford Star Jubilee (TV) (Episode: The Judy Garland Special)
  • Judy Garland's Hollywood (1997)
  • References

    Sidney Luft Wikipedia