Reportedly, none of her three kids -- Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joe Luft -- were involved in Zellweger's production at all. Lorna Luft's father, Sid Luft, produced Garland's magnificent artistic and critical success in the first remake of A STAR IS BORN. The original starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937. She did not win, but Garland was the favorite to win for her musical/dramatic screen performance directed by George Cukor. After the film's exclusive engagement, studio head Jack L. Warner cut several scenes from the 3-hour film without the director's approval in order to make it shorter for theater showings in wide release. Many felt his cuts cost Garland the Oscar.
Judy Garland's final film was 1963's I COULD GO ON SINGING. In it, she plays a successful American singer who has booked a concert engagement at the London Palladium. While in London, she has a bittersweet reunion with the man she fell in love with years earlier. Here she is singing the title tune written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the men who wrote "Over the Rainbow" and all the other original songs for 1939's THE WIZARD OF OZ.