Anticipation is building for Bradley Cooper’s upcoming remake of “A Star Is Born”, featuring Lady Gaga in the role made famous by Barbra Streisand and, before that, the late Judy Garland.
In a new interview, Garland’s daughter, Lorna Luft, spoke with People about the fourth version of “A Star Is Born” (all the films stem from the 1937 original starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March).
Looking back on her mother’s 1954 version, Luft, 65, admits that the movie’s themes of stardom, addiction, and self-destruction aren’t that different from the issues that Garland went through in her own life.
“The film’s story and its underlying messages about fame hit too close to home,” admits Luft. “It was sort of life imitating art in imitating life.”
In fact, Luft points to one scene in her mother’s film in which her character, discussing her alcoholic husband (played by James Mason), says, “You don’t know what it’s like to watch someone you love just crumble away, bit by bit, day by day.”
The way Luft sees it, that sentiment could have come right from her mother’s own experience. “It’s her talking about her life,” she explains. “In a way, it was my mother’s story.”
The new version, in which Bradley Cooper plays a washed-up rock star who jump-starts the career of aspiring singer Gaga only to see her stardom eclipse his, has Luft “jumping up and down with excitement,” she says. “They’ve picked up the torch of one of the greatest love stories ever told on film and brought it to a new generation.”
She adds: “I think it’s going to make me think of my mom but I think it’s also going to make me incredibly proud. The way she and Bradley Cooper have written the music together is just fantastic. They got to make their movie. Nobody took this away from them.”
You can read Luft’s entire interview in the latest issue of People.
“A Star is Born” hits theatres on Oct. 4.