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
Dorothy found the end of the rainbow. Judy spent her life looking for it.
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The film uses a succession of magazine covers to gradually effect the transition between actresses Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis. In her first scene as the adult Garland, Davis appears wearing the same wig and make-up as Blanchard used in the scene before. See more
The ages of Judy Garland's daughters Liza and Lorna at time of 1954 A Star is Born release would have been roughly 8 and 2 years old respectively. In this film Liza is played by actress who is at least teenage while Lorna is played by a grade-school age actress. See more
It's hard to be a legend's child. She's everywhere I turn like a shadow. It's remarkable, really, how much of our life begins before we're even born. I wonder sometimes what might have happened to us all if mama had just stayed Baby Frances Gumm... but she wasn't allowed to. She became Judy Garland. She became a legend.
The DVD version of the film has a number at the Palace theatre removed from the body of the film, but is retained as an extra feature on the disc. See more
References Broadway Melody of 1938
You're Nobody (Until You've Played the Palace
Performed by Judy Davis (singing dubbed by Judy Garland) (deleted sequence) See more