A brief biography of actress Judy Garland.



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A quick look, using an off-camera narrator and publicity stills, at the early life and the movie career of Judy Garland (1922-1969), from her days on Midwestern stages with her two older sisters, through her landing a contract at MGM, and star performances in "The Wizard of Oz" and "A Star Is Born." Along the way, the biography celebrates her on-screen chemistry with Mickey Rooney, the happy days of her early years in Hollywood, and her first dramatic role - in "The Clock." This biography presents her as an all-American girl as well as an international sweetheart and credits her hard work and personal sacrifice. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1962 (USA)  »

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6 July 2011 | by (Rosebush) – See all my reviews

A movie star who worked steadily for about a dozen years on A-List projects (such as THE WIZARD OF OZ and EASTER PARADE), Judy Garland enjoyed a fairly long film career, when judged by James Dean, Heath Ledger, or even Marilyn Monroe standards. Just as Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams, and Bob Feller (not to mention James Stewart) lost the primes of their careers to WWII service, Judy lost hers to having babies and nervous break-downs brought on by the studio system and Hollywood Lookism harassment. Though this 1961 Hollywood Hist-o-Rama TV episode covers the beginning of this paragraph, it glosses over the second half, knowing on which side its bread is buttered (all of the facts presented above were fairly well-known contemporaneously). So while Ernest Hemingway, the inspiration for dozens of Hollywood flicks right through Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN PAR!S (now playing), was blowing his head off around the time Judy's biographical short aired (apparently no connection), Judy would soldier on for about 8 more years, though the output of her later career tapered off at least as much as Hemingway's (and more than Ted Williams').

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