Patti Davis is about to release a book entitled “The Lives Our Mothers Leave Us.” In the book, Lorna Luft spoke about how she was responsible for regulating the drug usage of her mother Judy Garland. Starting at about the age of 10 or 11, her mother made her responsible for regulating her pill usage. Judy liked to always be taking pills, but knew that she couldn't have every pill filled with drugs, so it was Lorna's job to empty out the capsules of some pills and fill them with sugar.
In the same way that most parents instill in their children the phrase to never talk to strangers, Lorna was constantly reminded that “I was taught to never, ever call an ambulance, no matter what happened. I was to call my father or someone else – never an ambulance because it would get into the press. I was taught at a young age to lie, to deceive, to manipulate.”
Apparently this is the life her mother left her. Of course it hasn't stopped Lorna from also making a living off her mother's name or releasing that album of hers called “Songs My Mother Taught Me.” I think one of them had the line, “you take the bad drugs out and shake it all about.”