Judy and I

  • by Sid Luft, Randy L. Schmidt - foreword
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The third of Judy Garland's five husbands, Sid Luft was the one man in her life who stuck around. He was chiefly responsible for the final act of Judy's meteoric comeback after she was unceremoniously booted off the MGM lot: he produced her iconic, Oscar-nominated vehicle A Star Is Born and expertly shaped her concert career.
Previously unpublished, Sid Luft's intimate autobiography tells his and Judy's story in hard-boiled yet elegant prose. It begins on a fateful night in New York City when the not quite divorced Judy Garland and the not quite divorced Sid Luft meet at Billy Reed's Little Club and fall for each other.
The romance lasted Judy's lifetime, despite the separations, the reconciliations, and the divorce. Under Luft's management, Judy came back bigger than ever, building a singing career that rivaled Sinatra's. However, her drug dependencies and suicidal tendencies put a tremendous strain on the relationship.
Sid did not complete his memoir; it ended in 1960 after Judy hired David Begelman and Freddie Fields to manage her career. But Randy L. Schmidt, acclaimed editor of Judy Garland on Judy Garland and author of Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, seamlessly pieced together the final section of the book from extensive interviews with Sid, most previously unpublished.
Despite everything, Sid never stopped loving Judy and never forgave himself for not being able to ultimately save her from the demons that drove her to an early death at age 47 in 1969. Sid served as chief conservator of the Garland legacy until his death at the age of 89 in 2005. This is his testament to the love of his life.


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New perspective.

This book was interesting and certainly painted a different picture of Sid Luft than has usually been held. I found it odd though that the filming of "A Star is Born" was almost completely glossed over. Still it was a tender commentary of a man who loved his wife through troubles and triumphs and a work that certainly offered layers of humanity to two people who Hollywood and time has had a tendency to turn one dimensional.
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- Vance

What a man! What a life!

I can certainly see why Judy went for him. He was good-looking, smart, charming, masculine, and "all man". This book covers his life as well as his relationship and long marriage to Judy. His life before meeting Judy in itself was something that anyone could write a book about.

Sid was truly in love with Judy and put up with a lot from her.. He doesn't skimp on details, along with other juicy gossip about multiple Hollywood stars. I was sad when this book ended, and sad that he has died. I wish I could have known him. Highly recommended.
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- Roberta

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.