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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows 

The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.
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A look at the life and troubled times of singer/actress Judy Garland.

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 Judy Garland (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Sid Luft (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Vincente Minnelli (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Roger Edens (2 episodes, 2001)
Sonja Smits ...
 Kay Thompson (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lottie (2 episodes, 2001)
Daniel Kash ...
 Arthur Freed (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Young Lorna Luft (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Frank Gumm (2 episodes, 2001)
Stewart Bick ...
 Artie Shaw (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Young Judy Garland (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Louis B. Mayer (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Ethel Gumm (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Narrator (2 episodes, 2001)
Dwayne Adams ...
 Mickey Rooney (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Ida Koverman (2 episodes, 2001)
Carley Alves ...
 Judy (2 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Jimmy Gumm, Adult (2 episodes, 2001)
Zoe Heath ...
 Suzy Gumm, Adult (2 episodes, 2001)
Josephine De Cosma ...
 Jimmy Gumm, Age 7 (2 episodes, 2001)
Samantha Gerber ...
 Suzy Gumm, Age 9 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lana Turner (2 episodes, 2001)
Rory Feore ...
 Radio Host (2 episodes, 2001)
Nancy McAlear ...
 Wardrobe Woman #1 (2 episodes, 2001)
Ellen-Ray Hennessy ...
 Wardrobe Woman #2 (2 episodes, 2001)
Elyssa Livergant ...
 Wardrobe Assistant (2 episodes, 2001)
Brendan Wall ...
 Assistant Director (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Psychiatrist (2 episodes, 2001)
Michael Rhoades ...
 Busby Berkeley (2 episodes, 2001)
Gerry Salsberg ...
 Charles Bickford (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Clinician (2 episodes, 2001)
Rodger Barton ...
 Studio Doctor (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Commissary Waitress (2 episodes, 2001)
Alan Rosenthal ...
 Judy's Personal Doctor (2 episodes, 2001)
Gary Brennan ...
 Photographer (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Reporter at Minnelli House (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Victor Fleming (2 episodes, 2001)
Bruce McFee ...
 Wil Gilmore (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Lucille Bremer (2 episodes, 2001)
Noah Henne ...
 The Scarecrow (2 episodes, 2001)
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 The Tin Man (2 episodes, 2001)
Michael B. King ...
 The Lion (2 episodes, 2001)
Amber Metcalfe ...
 Lorna (6 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
Mackenzie Weiner ...
 Lorna, Age 3 (2 episodes, 2001)
Harrison Kane ...
 Joe (7-10 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Joe (11-15 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
Brittany Payer ...
 Liza (1 & 2 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
Arielle Di Iulio ...
 Liza (6-8 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
Sarah Moussadji ...
 Liza (12-15 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Liza (23 yrs) (2 episodes, 2001)
Robert Smith ...
 David Begelman (2 episodes, 2001)
Christopher Marren ...
 Freddie Fields (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Mark Herron (2 episodes, 2001)
Richard Waugh ...
 Executive #1 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Executive #2 (2 episodes, 2001)
Hume Baugh ...
 Mickey Deans (2 episodes, 2001)
Richard M. Davidson ...
 Jack Warner (2 episodes, 2001)
Angelo Tucci ...
 Drunk (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Oscar Camerman (2 episodes, 2001)
Philip Williams ...
 Oscar Soundman (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Judge (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Doctor #1 (2 episodes, 2001)
Jim Codrington ...
 Doctor #2 (2 episodes, 2001)
Thomas Seniuk ...
 Pool Boy (2 episodes, 2001)
Derek Keurvorst ...
 George Cukor (2 episodes, 2001)
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 George Jessel (2 episodes, 2001)
Alan Murley ...
 St. Mortz Hotel Manager (2 episodes, 2001)
Tom Melissis ...
 William Morris Agent (2 episodes, 2001)
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The movie starts off at the beginning of Judy Garland's life singing when she was two years old. It jumps to when she was 12 and was signed by MGM and later when her father dies. The movie tells about her early struggles with MGM and with the addiction to barbiturates. It then jumps to the marriage to Vincette Minelli and the struggles with that, and leads into the rest of the movie and her marriages to Sid Luft, Mark Herron, and Mickey Deans and ends when she dies in 1969 Written by CR

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Dorothy found the end of the rainbow. Judy spent her life looking for it.


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Trivia

Hugh Laurie, who has bright blue eyes, wore brown contact lenses for his role of brown eyed Vincente Minnelli. See more »

Goofs

When Roger Edens and Vincente Minnelli are talking to Judy about being suspended, you can clearly her her daughter, Liza practicing her lines off camera saying "Mama watch me, watch this" See more »

Quotes

Judy Garland: I'm only *really* at home in the light of the spotlight.
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Connections

References Carmen Jones (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

San Francisco
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Music by Bronislau Kaper and Walter Jurmann
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Judy Garland
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Extraordinary for a TV-Movie

I must say that Judy Garland has never been a favorite icon of mine, although many of my friends adore her. My impressions of Judy Garland have always been the classic star who seemingly had it all but lost it due to drugs and addiction. But what struck me most about "Me and My Shadows" was how the film was able to portray Judy Garland as a human being, not just a typical star immersed in tragedy, which unfortunately is too common among Hollywood legends.

Lorna Luft should be truly proud of this film which will I predict sweep the Emmy Awards this year. Judy Davis was mesmerizing!!!! Watching her performance literally sent chills down my spine. I haven't seen an actress completely transform herself into another actress so brilliantly and believably. Faye Dunaway, who was literally Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest", was not even as good as Davis. She has always, in my opinion, been seriously underrated as a dramatic actress. This performance is undoubtedly the best of her career, and she deserves all of the praise she has been garnering. Tammy Blanchard was also remarkable, and Victor Garber was good as well. The acting performances of all were truly breathtaking and just goes to show that true talent doesn't always lie at the feet of the "Hollywood star machine." The pace of the movie was just right, and it seemed to truly encompass the scope of Judy Garland's life, leaving out minor details such as her first marriage and subsequent abortion.

If there was a complaint, it would probably be that Liza Minnelli was not mentioned a great deal here, but the movie itself was not about Liza. This was a truly well-crafted cinematic effort that doesn't particularly cast Garland as a victim, but not as a saint as well. That balance is needed to truly avoid this movie from becoming a sad, soppy melodrama. Overall, this will stand the test of time and really allow the public to see first and foremost the dark side of Hollywood back in the days of the studio system.

I highly recommend seeing this movie. Even if you're not particularly familiar with Garland, the acting and storyline will keep you glued to the television set.

My rating is 9 out of ten.


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