Now, with the release of Judy, a boxed set of music, she has helped give her mother's fans more of what they always wanted - her mother's voice.
The new release, Luft says, "tells a story, every song, of what she was also maybe going through in her personal life."
Judy is a four-CD boxed set that includes a video and a 100-page book of memories.
To many, Garland's most memorable film is The Wizard of Oz It was memorable for Luft, too. She first watched it at the age of six: "All of a sudden my mother had a witch after her. She was taken by flying monkeys, and I became hysterical. She rang and said:, 'You'll never watch the movie without me,' and we didn't."
Luft, who is the half-sister of Liza Minelli, has no complaints about being known as the daughter of a legend. "She made 32 films and passed away at age 47. That's a legacy, all the remarkable work that she did," Luft says. "I think that Natalie Cole will always be known as Nat King Cole's daughter. I think Tina Sinatra will always be known as Frank Sinatra's daughter. That's something we didn't have a choice in. I think all of us are very comfortable with the fact. We're also very proud of who our parents are."
The Wizard of Oz is due to be re-released in theaters in November. Luft couldn't be happier that a whole new generation of kids will see her mom on the big screen.
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