Judy Garland Would Have ‘Laughed’ at Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’ Says Daughter Liza Minnelli
Everyone adored Lady Gaga‘s performance in A Star Is Born, but Liza Minnelli recently revealed that her late mom Judy Garland wouldn’t exactly have been head over heels for it — not at first at least.
“She would have laughed, and then she would have gotten into it,” the 73-year-old told ET in an interview on Friday, June 14 of what her mother would have thought about the casting. “I can hear her saying, ‘OK, let’s go!’ Great to the end!” The Wizard of Oz actress played Vicki Lester in the first remake of the film in 1954. That version went on to nab six Oscar nominations, with Judy reeling in a Best Actress nod.
The musician, 33, was also nominated for her performance, ultimately losing out to Olivia Coleman for her role in The Favourite. This is not the first time that one of Judy’s children has spoken about their mom and her role in the iconic film. Before the most recent version of the movie was released, Lorna Luft reflected on her mother’s version.
She was “jumping up and down with excitement,” when she read reviews of the film, Lorna once told People of her mom’s reaction to learning how well A Star Is Born was received. “They’ve picked up the torch of one of the greatest love stories ever told on film and brought it to a new generation.”
However, the 66-year-old did write in her book, A Star is Born, Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away, that the original movie’s themes of stardom and addiction affected her mother in real life. “The film’s story and its underlying messages about fame hit too close to home,” she wrote.
Judy, who passed away in 1969 at the age of 47, will have her life’s story depicted in the upcoming biopic, Judy. Renee Zellweger will be playing the role of the Hollywood legend.
“What she had to overcome in a time when women didn’t necessarily feel that they had power over their own lives in the way that we do today,” the Jerry Maguire actress recently said of Judy. “That stayed with me and I hope folks will be moved by that as well.”