Besides being one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars, Judy Garland spent much of her life being the proud mom to her three kids. Although it’s been more than 50 years since the iconic singer and actress died after accidentally overdosing on prescription drugs in June 1969, the late icon’s legacy is being carried on by her incredible children.
As fans of the Wizard of Oz actress know, Judy was the loving mom of Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft. Judy welcomed her first child, Liza, alongside her second husband and late director, Vincente Minnelli, on March 12, 1946. Sadly, the couple — who met on the set of 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis and tied the knot in 1945 — called it quits in 1951 after just six years of marriage.
Judy moved on from her marriage with Vincente when she met businessman Sidney Luft. The two ended up getting married in 1952. Judy and her third husband later welcomed their first child together, daughter Lorna, on November 21 that same year. After three years had passed, the longtime pair added another baby into their brood when son Joey arrived on March 29, 1955.
While it’s felt like forever since Judy last graced our TV screens, Liza, Lorna and Joey have kept their mom’s incredible legacy alive through stories and memories. While chatting with Closer in February 2017, the A Star Is Born actress’ son gushed about what a great mom she was.
“She always tried to be there for us, giving us support and lots of love,” he sweetly shared at the time. “There are so many interviews where she was asked, ‘Why do you work so hard?’ and she’d always say, ‘It’s for my children.'”
Even the late actress’ eldest daughter, Liza, got candid about life with the beloved beauty. “[It was like living in] the land of dreams,” the “Maybe This Time” singer told Closer. “She was really amazing. And she loved all of us a lot.”
In honor of what would have been Judy’s 100th birthday on June 10, 2022, her children decided to release a perfume inspired by her. They collaborated with perfume maker Vincenzo Spinnato to create Judy – A Garland Fragrance.
“Sometimes I feel like she continues to watch over and guide us,” Liza told People one day ahead of the perfume’s release. “And she must have channeled her thoughts to Vince as well, as he created the right fragrance for her. It is wonderful to celebrate our mother’s legacy in this special way. She would have been thrilled.”
After developing the fragrance over the course of a year, both the Broadway legend and her siblings were extremely happy with the outcome.
“The process was exciting and difficult and very quick!” Lorna explained. “It flooded back memories of my mother each time I smelled the fragrance and brought me back to my childhood and feeling like my mom was close to me. It was an emotional rollercoaster.”
Scroll through the gallery below to learn all about the late icon’s three children!
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