ME AND MY SHADOWS
A Family Memoir
Lorna is the daughter of American movie star Judy
Garland. Lorna also refers to a current star, Liza Minnelli, who
also Judys daughter, and Lornas half-sister.)
(Speaking of an incident with her then infant brother when
three years old.)
Overcome with pain and anger, I began scratching his face
really done it. I got the spanking of my life, and my mother was
angry to speak to me for days afterward.
My parents felt very strongly about good manners. Liza and
Joe and I
were always told to be very polite, especially to adults. My
was determined that we be respectful and well behaved. She
what she called the "B.H. [Beverly Hills] Brats," and
she would give
us a sharp remark and a swat on the bum if we were rude.
(Speaking of her nanny Mrs. Chapman, and Mrs. Chapmans
Lorna is about 11 here.)
If I ever said so much as "Dont do that"
to Dawn, Mrs. Chapman
would punish me. She never punished Dawn, even when Dawn broke
When somebody got hit, it was usually me. Mrs. Chapman
knew how to
make me wish Id kept my mouth shut. She usually hit me with
ruler, sometimes raising big welts. She would always hit me on
back of my legs, the tender skin right below my bum. That way the
of the dress covered the marks, and they didnt show. She
hit me often.
My mother had spanked me with her open hand occasionally when I
deserved it, but never anything close to this.