• Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow

    Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (Hardback) By (author) Sheridan Morley, By (author) Ruth Leon


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    DescriptionJudy Garland lived, loved and died entirely in the pubic eye. The authors describe the star, who, despite her troubled personal life, captivated audiences the world over. The volume focuses on images chronicling her extensive movie career.'

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    Judy Garland
    Beyond the Rainbow
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sheridan Morley, By (author) Ruth Leon
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 168
    Width: 244 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 962 g
    ISBN 13: 9781862052918
    ISBN 10: 1862052913

    BIC E4L: PER
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    DC21: 791.43028092
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: PER004000
    BIC subject category V2: APF
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    Thema V1.0: DNBF, ATF
    Illustrations note
    colour and b&w illustrations
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    17 June 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    In the whole catalogue of Hollywood catastrophes, Judy Garland, 'the girl next door', is perhaps the biggest single disaster area. The ghastly details of her short life have been endlessly rehashed and while this book necessarily touches on her darker side, it is also a celebration of her illustrious career. Short snappy chapters, copiously illustrated with film stills, take us chronologically through her life from inauspicious beginnings, born Frances Ethel Gumm into a Vaudeville showbiz family (her parents so wanted a boy that they misspelt her name Francis on her birth certificate) to her grim accidental death by 'incautious dose of barbiturates' aged 47 years, after a blazing row with her fifth husband. She once said of herself, 'the trouble with me is that I have never been able to love anyone very much... In the end, I guess I only really love myself and, on a good night, the audience'. Whilst this disability was undoubtedly instrumental in causing the misery that constantly afflicted her, the authors, supported by the late Dirk Bogarde who worked with her on her last film, see her very much as a victim of a ruthless studio system which chewed her up only to spit her out when she ceased to be useful. (Kirkus UK)