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Who Are Judy Garland’s Children And What Are They Doing Now?

Also see what the three star siblings have said about their mother

The iconic American actress Judy Garland is best known for playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. The talented actress, singer and dancer had a career that spanned over 45 years. She was married five times and had three children, all of which have been present in the showbiz scene over the years. Take a look at what Judy Garland’s children are up to now!

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Judy Garland, 1952
Judy Garland, 1952Getty

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli 2022
Liza Minnelli, 2022Photo by jfizzy/Star Max/GC Images

Age: 77 (March 12, 1946)

Occupation: Actress and Singer

Judy Garland had three children, but Liza Minnelli is probably the name you’re most familiar with now. Liza Minnelli has received accolades from Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tony awards. She is most famous for her role in Cabaret (1972), however, one of her most recent and notable roles was playing Lucille Austero in the comedy series, Arrested Development (2003-2019).

Minnelli was 22 when her mother passed away. She told The New York Times in 1984 that as a child, she “was always treated like a grown-up.” Minnelli said that ”There were no middles, no times when I was just tranquil. I was used only to screaming attacks or excessive love bouts, rivers of money or no money at all, seeing my mother constantly or not seeing her for weeks at a time.”

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However, despite the tumultuous times, Minnelli told Closer Weekly in 2017, “For the rest of my life, I will be proud to be Judy Garland’s daughter.”

While she hasn’t been working much in recent years, fans were ecstatic to see her alongside Lady Gaga on stage at the 2022 Academy Awards where the duo presented the Oscar for Best Picture.

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli
Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli at the 94th Annual Academy Awards, 2022Getty

Lorna Luft

Lorna Luft, 2023
Lorna Luft, 2023Getty

Age: 70 (21 November, 1952)

Occupation: Actress and singer

Much like the other singers and actresses in the family, Lorna followed their footsteps and is best known for her role as Paulette Rebchuck in Grease 2. Lorna also wrote a novel about her mother Judy Garland titled, Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir, which was published in 1988. Her most recently credited work was in a 2014 episode of Sean Saves the World.

In 1999, Lorna told The Guardian that, “she had great highs and great moments in her career. She also had great moments in her personal life. Yes, we lost her at 47 years old. That was tragic. But she was not a tragic figure.”

Joey Luft

Joey Luft, 2022
Joey Luft, 2022Getty

Age: 68 (29 March, 1955)

Occupation: Actor, known for Great Performances, The Judy Garland Show and 60 Minutes

The youngest of Garland’s children, Joey is generally more out of the limelight than his sisters. He has done some acting work though, and also gained popularity telling stories about his mother in his 2014 Judy Garland Concert with Joey Luft, in Pasadena, CA.

Only 14 when she passed away, Joey told Closer in 2017 that “It was exceptionally hard to deal with as a kid. I was powerless. She was a great person, but she had that addiction.” 

In 2015, Luft told the Los Angeles Times that, “She was a performer. She was a mother. She loved people. She was the most caring person. She had the greatest sense of humor.”

Despite Judy Garland’s turbulent personal life, her children fortify that their mother was a wonderful parent, performer and a person to be remembered. 

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