Lorna Luft Battles Breast Cancer; Will Resume Concert Appearances in August
According to her official Facebook page, singer and actor Lorna Luft announced today that she has recently undergone surgery for breast cancer and is embarking on a regimen of adjuvant chemotherapy. She will resume concert appearances mid-August.
"Ms. Luft added that she is joining an extraordinary group of women who have gone through, are going through and will go through this journey with love, respect and optimism," reads the announcement.
Daughter of Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna is a live performer, stage, film and television actress, best-selling author, recording artist and Emmy nominated producer. At age 11, she made her television debut singing on her mother's series, The Judy Garland Show. Since then, Lorna has had starring roles in both television and film.
Lorna starred in the 2006 blockbuster U.K. premiere production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical. She quickly followed that success with the 2007 hit revival of Rodgers and Hart's Babes in Arms at the prestigious Chichester Festival Theatre. Lorna reprised her role in White Christmas: The Musical for the 2007 winter season.
Lorna has been frequently featured as a concert artist at the world's most prestigious venues, including The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The London Palladium and L'Olympia in Paris, among many others.
Lorna's multi-media production Songs My Mother Taught Me-A Celebration of the Music of Judy Garland was awarded two Los Angeles Theatre Alliance Ovation Awards (Best World Premiere Musical and Best Musical Direction.) A CD based on the concert, produced by Barry Manilow and Colin R. Freeman, was released on October 22, 2007 from First Night Records.