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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows 

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The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.
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Complete series cast summary:
Judy Davis ...  Judy Garland 2 episodes, 2001
Victor Garber ...  Sid Luft 2 episodes, 2001
Hugh Laurie ...  Vincente Minnelli 2 episodes, 2001
John Benjamin Hickey ...  Roger Edens 2 episodes, 2001
Sonja Smits ...  Kay Thompson 2 episodes, 2001
Jayne Eastwood ...  Lottie 2 episodes, 2001
Daniel Kash ...  Arthur Freed 2 episodes, 2001
Alison Pill ...  Young Lorna Luft 2 episodes, 2001
Aidan Devine ...  Frank Gumm 2 episodes, 2001
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ...  Artie Shaw 2 episodes, 2001
Tammy Blanchard ...  Young Judy Garland 2 episodes, 2001
Al Waxman ...  Louis B. Mayer 2 episodes, 2001
Marsha Mason ...  Ethel Gumm 2 episodes, 2001
Cynthia Gibb ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 2001
Dwayne Adams Dwayne Adams ...  Mickey Rooney 2 episodes, 2001
Rosemary Dunsmore ...  Ida Koverman 2 episodes, 2001
Carley Alves Carley Alves ...  Judy (2 yrs) 2 episodes, 2001
Cara Pifko ...  Jimmy Gumm, Adult 2 episodes, 2001
Zoe Heath Zoe Heath ...  Suzy Gumm, Adult 2 episodes, 2001
Josephine De Cosma Josephine De Cosma ...  Jimmy Gumm, Age 7 2 episodes, 2001
Samantha Gerber Samantha Gerber ...  Suzy Gumm, Age 9 2 episodes, 2001
Lindy Booth ...  Lana Turner 2 episodes, 2001
Rory Feore 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 Elyssa Livergant ...  Wardrobe Assistant 2 episodes, 2001
Brendan Wall Brendan Wall ...  Assistant Director 2 episodes, 2001
Alex Poch-Goldin ...  Psychiatrist 2 episodes, 2001
Michael Rhoades ...  Busby Berkeley 2 episodes, 2001
Gerry Salsberg Gerry Salsberg ...  Charles Bickford 2 episodes, 2001
Salvatore Antonio ...  Clinician 2 episodes, 2001
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ...  Studio Doctor 2 episodes, 2001
Tannis Burnett ...  Commissary Waitress 2 episodes, 2001
Alan Rosenthal Alan Rosenthal ...  Judy's Personal Doctor 2 episodes, 2001
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Brittany Payer Brittany Payer ...  Liza (1 & 2 yrs) 2 episodes, 2001
Arielle Di Iulio Arielle Di Iulio ...  Liza (6-8 yrs) 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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25 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Final film appearance of longtime Canadian actor Al Waxman who played Louis B. Mayer; he died before the film was first broadcast. 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 »


Judy Garland: I cannot take myself seriously. Because if I did I would have died a long time ago. And I dont want to die, dispite what you might have heard.
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »


The Man that Got Away
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Judy Davis (singing dubbed by Judy Garland)
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Probably the Closest Thing We Will Ever Have to a Definitive Biography of a Show Biz Legend
6 October 2006 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

There have been a lot of show business biographies put on film, but for the most part, they are sketchy and fictionalized. Judy Garland was a show business legend, who even though much has been written about her, a definitive film biography has alluded us. An NBC TV movie was made in the 80's called RAINBOW, but it only covered Garland's childhood to the time she was cast in THE WIZARD OF OZ. At long last, we finally were gifted with a surprisingly factual and lavishly produced TV movie called LIFE WITH JUDY GARLAND: ME AND MY SHADOWS, a two-part mini-series which chronicles Garland's life from her first audition for MGM to her tragic death in 1969. Most show biz biopics tend to fictionalize material for dramatic effect or lack of knowledge of the facts, but I trust the facts presented here because there are several events recreated here that I have actually heard Garland herself talk about in interviews. Some things are omitted and/ or glossed over (Her first marriage to David Rose is barely mentioned), but when you only have 2 hours and 45 minutes to tell the story, some fact-trimming is necessary. The filmmakers wisely chose two actresses to play the teenage and adult Garland. Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis both won Emmys for their work as young Frances Gumm and the adult Judy Garland. Davis, in particular, is astonishing in a powerhouse performance that just gets richer and more complex upon repeat viewings. Another wise decision to dub original Garland recordings for Davis' singing voice further enhances the power of the piece. I read that prior to shooting, Davis watched every movie Garland made and as much concert footage as she could get her hands on and her homework pays off in spades here. Her recreations of "The Trolley Song" from MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and "The Man that Got Away" from A STAR IS BORN are positively spooky. Victor Garber gives the performance of his career as Judy's volatile third husband, Sid Luft. Hugh Laurie is a little too masculine as Judy's 2nd hubby, Vincente Minnelli, whose rumored bisexuality prior to meeting Judy is part of Hollywood folklore. There is also solid work from Sonja Smits and John Benjamin Hickey as Judy's good friends, Kay Thompson and Roger Edens and by Dwayne Addams as a young Mickey Rooney. There is also a memorable turn from Marhsa Mason as Ethel Gumm, Judy's hard-nosed mother. A hauntingly accurate look at the tragic life of, arguably, Hollywood's greatest creation, whose very human troubles never allowed her to live up to the creation.

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