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2 items from 2005

Sid Luft Dies

19 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Judy Garland's producer ex-husband Sid Luft has died. He was 89. Luft, whose credits include such classics as Kilroy Was Here and A Star Is Born, died on Thursday in Santa Monica, California, of an apparent heart attack, according to his longtime friend and business partner John Kimble. Luft and Garland were married in 1952 and divorced a tumultuous 13 years later. The marriage was Garland's third and Luft's second. They had two children together, Lorna in 1952 and Joey in 1955. Luft also was stepfather to Liza Minnelli, daughter of Garland's second husband, Vincente Minnelli. Luft was credited with helping resurrect Garland's career after she was released from her contract at film studio MGM in 1950 following a series of personal and professional crises. It was at MGM that she became a star and made such films as The Wizard Of Oz and Meet Me In St Louis. After he and Garland divorced, Luft married Patti Hemingway in 1970. That union also ended in divorce. In 1993, he married actress Camille Keaton, who survives him. »

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Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' Dress Attracts Huge Bid

2 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The dress Judy Garland wore in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard Of Oz has been sold for $252,000 (£132,600) at a Bonhams auction. The blue and white gingham dress went to a buyer bidding by telephone who did not wish to be identified. Jon Baddeley, head of Bonhams' collector's department, says, "This dress represents the quintessential magic of childhood in the most beloved film of the 20th century. It has become a cherished memory for millions of fans worldwide and was worn by one of the most talented and respected stars in Hollywood. Film costume rarely gets better than this." The dress, which was one of six identical garments created for Garland for the movie, had been expected to fetch $63,000. Garland, who was 17 when she portrayed Dorothy in the fantasy musical, died in 1969, less than two weeks after her 47th birthday. »

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