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Judy Garland's Daughter Collapses Backstage, Gets Diagnosed With Brain Tumor

Lorna Luft, the daughter of the legendary Judy Garland, has been living a life filled with blessings and curses.

Growing up, Luft was subjected to the "devastating" highs and lows that accompanied her mother's addiction. At one point, she found herself taking care of her mother despite her young age.

She inherited some of Garland's talent, which helped her become a successful entertainer in her own right, but the journey wasn't an easy one. She also had her own substance abuse problems to deal with during the days of Studio 54.

"We were doing cocaine, we were doing all sorts of things," she said. "I'll never forget, somebody came up to me and said, 'Do you not think that maybe you're doing the same thing that your mom did?' I said, 'No no no, she had a problem. I only do it at night.'"

Luft cleaned up her act after she came to the realization that she wanted to start a family and did not want her children to experience what she did when she was younger.

Things got better for Luft, and for the next few decades, she focused on her career and continuing her mother's legacy, until a health crisis derailed her.

In 2012, the Grease 2 star was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was forced to undergo months of chemotherapy as well as a lumpectomy. She was told that the cancer was gone, but it returned 18 months later.

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She had seven ribs taken out and underwent a mastectomy before finally going into remission. She has remained cancer-free for a couple of years, but that has now changed.

Luft was in London for a performance, but as soon as it was over, she reportedly collapsed backstage. She was rushed to a hospital, and was that's when she was given the devastating diagnosis.

According to the 65-year-old's rep, Victoria Varela, she was "initially diagnosed with a brain tumor" after suffering a terrifying episode on March 9th at the Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Varela revealed that prior to Luft's collapse, there was some concern about her health. Her husband, Colin Freeman, who took her to the hospital, noticed that she was "forgetting lyrics and monologue" throughout the show.

It's unclear what the Emmy-winner's prognosis is at this time, but she has been admitted to London's Chelsea and Westminster hospital, where doctors are running further tests.

“Further information will be available following additional medical tests and examinations," the statement concluded.


Luft was scheduled to perform two more sold-out shows before her health took a turn. It is very likely that those performances will be cancelled until she's back on her feet.

None of the Broadway star's family members, including her half-sister Liza Minnelli, have commented on the news.

Luft has already been through a lot and has managed to come out on top every time. We hope she's able to do the same this time around. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

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