Minnelli wrote: “I have never met nor spoken to Renée Zellweger... I don’t know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way.”
The interview notes: “Minnelli has no interest in seeing the film. All she will say right now is ‘I hope [Zellweger] had a good time making it.’”
Judy focuses on Garland’s sold-out shows at London nightclub Talk of the Town months before her accidental overdose in 1969.
It shows her living a lonely life away from her children in London.
Zellweger won the Golden Globe and Bafta Best Actress trophy over the past month.
Born in 1946, Minnelli – whose credits include Cabaret, New York New York and US sitcom Arrested Development – is the daughter of Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli (Gigi, Meet Me in St Louis).