Entertainer Judy Garland was both one of the greatest and one of the most tragic figures in American show business. The daughter of a pushy stage mother, Garland and her sisters were forced into a vaudeville act called the Gumm Sisters (her real name), which appeared in movie shorts and at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. It was clear from the outset that Judy was the star of the act, and, as such, was signed by MGM as a solo performer in 1936. The studio adored Garland’s adult-sounding singing but was concerned about her puffy facial features and her curvature of the spine. MGM decided to test both Garland and another teenage contractee, Deanna Durbin, in a musical “swing vs. the classics” short subject entitled Every Sunday (1936). The studio had planned to keep Durbin and drop Garland, but, through a corporate error, the opposite took place. Nevertheless, MGM decided to allow Garland her feature film debut in another studio’s production, just in case the positive audience response… read more
The queen of despair. No matter how bad things are they can always get worse and somewhere behind every cloud is a lot of rain. One of those people who are so despaired that it’s funny even to them.
Won my soul. Owned my soul. Was a kid. Still am one. Still winning, still owning. That's what I call a suppa-star! Like you lots. Keep on floating up there and let us enjoy your god-like voice as long as we are drawing a coupla breathes per minute, down here, where all is black and cold but your art: <3
She once remarked to have said something very powerful to me, something I myself have always felt to some extent, she said: "I don't think I've ever really loved anyone very much, not even my children...maybe myself, and on a good night...my audience"