Liza Minnelli Gushes Life With Mom Judy Garland Was Like Living in a “Land of Dreams” “[It was like living in] the land of dreams,” Liza, 71 — whose father was Judy’s second husband, Vincente Minnelli — said of being raised by her famous mom. “She was really amazing,” Joey, 62, told Closer. “And she loved all of us a lot.” “As long as Mama was there, everything would be fine,” Lorna, 64, added. “If she was happy, she wasn’t just happy. She was ecstatic. And when she was sad, she was sadder than anyone. There were no middles,” Liza said.
Recording registry honors ‘Over the Rainbow’ Earlier this spring, the Library of Congress designated Garland’s 1939 version of “Over the Rainbow” as an aural treasure worthy of preservation on the National Recording Registry. The library said the recording is one of best-known ballads of all time, expressing a poignant yearning for escape. “It represents everyone’s wondering why things can’t be a little better,” Garland explained in a 1967 interview, two years before her death. Lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg settled on the image of the rainbow as the “only colorful thing” Dorothy had ever seen in her life — until she found herself in the Land of Oz.