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JUDY GARLAND    1922-1969

My happiness was mainly when I was performing.
My personal life was, as most people would classify it,
a total disaster

She attained international stardom in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage.  She received a Juvenile Academy Award, won a Golden Globe Award, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her work in films, as well as Grammy Awards and a Tony Award.

Judy Garland Slideshow (Somewhere over the rainbow)

She was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager.  There she made more than two dozen films, including nine with Mickey Rooney, and the film with which she would be most identified, The Wizard of Oz (1939).

The Wizard of Oz 1939 (Trailer from the mid-50s)

She battled personal problems throughout her life.  Insecure about her appearance, her feelings were compounded by film executives who told her she was unattractive and overweight.  Plied with drugs to control her weight and increase her productivity, she endured a decades-long struggle with addiction.  She was plagued by financial instability and her first four of five marriages ended in divorce.  She attempted suicide on a number of occasions.  Garland died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 47, leaving children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft.

PETER: What was your life purpose?
GARLAND: It was to experience the struggle, the depths of depression, which would come if you were totally run by an outside force.  I always felt there was a string of puppeteers marching me through life.
PETER: MGM provided the drugs that kept you going during your work.
GARLAND: They wanted their vision of the "Girl Next Door" to be carried through, and one way to prevent me from opening Pandora's box to society was to keep me in a sedated, fuzzy mood.  One of my intentions when I came down to earth was to play the victim.
PETER: Do you have intense regret now?
GARLAND: Oh, no!  I look back and see that the lessons were exactly what I needed, because in lives prior to being Judy Garland, I had been extremely successful.  I had been an opera star in England, where I was touted by the monarchy.  In another life I was a successful violinist in Vienna - a man.

Toni comments: There was such a wistfulness to Judy when she was talking about her life.  There was nostalgia, as she tried to remember things as better than they were, a sense that she hoped her life might be some sort of model that people could decide not to emulate.  When she went back to Judy's life she seemed to be caught up in a tornado over which she had no control.  The only time she felt internal peace was when she was performing - when she was someone other than Judy Garland.


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