An upcoming memoir from the late Sid Luft, Judy Garland's third husband, says the Wizard of Oz superstar secretly had an abortion before their marriage.
The posthumous autobiography, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, is scheduled to be released March 1.
It is based on a draft of his never-before-published memoir. The former boxer and Garland manager died in 2005.
Their affair began in 1951, while she was still married to director Vincente Minnelli, Luft wrote.
At the time, Luft was acting as her manager at the time for her show at New York’s Palace Theater when she revealed she was pregnant. He recalled that his reaction to the baby news wasn't overly enthusiastic.
“I found myself saying, ‘Of course I want your baby, but we've got a show to do,” he wrote.
“Because of my negative reaction, Judy didn’t confide in me where and when she was going to have the abortion. I wasn’t attentive. I didn’t send flowers,” he said, according to an excerpt of the book published in People magazine.
They later married, and were husband-and-wife from 1952 to 1965.
He is credited with reviving her career in the 1950s after MGM canceled her contract. He produced her 1954 comeback film, A Star is Born, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
They had two children, Joey Luft and Lorna Luft.