|Cause of death Natural causes|
Home town New York City
Resting place cremated
Name Sidney Luft
Role Judy Garland's ex-husband
Years active 1947-2004
|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
JUDY GARLAND'S "OTHER" DAUGHTER LORNA LUFT
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.
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.
He was married five times:
Sidney Luft died on September 15, 2005 in Santa Monica, California, apparently of a heart attack, at the age of 89.