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Sister act

Lorna Luft — Judy Garland’s daughter and Liza Minnelli’s younger (half) sister — tells David McGillivray about her life-long love affair with the UK, fighting addiction, and her affinity with the LGBTQ community. All in time for a new film, chronicling her mother’s final days…

”Aids came along and it hit us that the fun and the innocence were gone”

When the brief is to interview a singer and actress whose family is more famous than she is, it’s as well to tread carefully. But all credit to Lorna Luft. She doesn’t seem to mind talking yet again about her mother: Judy Garland, one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, whose film The Wizard of Oz introduced a song, Over the Rainbow, that became a gay anthem.

Lorna’s sister, Liza Minnelli, also comes up in conversation — her most famous film, Cabaret, became iconic to a new generation of gay men. Perhaps inevitably because of her relatives, Lorna has never missed an opportunity to support the LGBTQ community and she has been involved in a number of gay-friendly projects.

In the short-lived animated TV series Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, she voiced the character of Joanna, Steve’s homophobic mother. Even A Tale of Two Sisters, in which Lorna and Liza sobbed as they recalled their misfortunes, aired on a British TV station as part of its so-called Big Gay Weekend.

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On the cover: Renée Zellweger is Judy Garland, Drag Race's Ross Mathews and Gus Kenworthy & Laith Ashley! Plus: Shura, Rainbow Riots India, and rugby's Chris Robshaw.