Judy Garland

Judy Garland : Beyond the Rainbow

  • Hardback
By (author) Sheridan Morley , By (author) Ruth Leon

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Judy 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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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 244 x 246 x 20mm | 961.61g
  • 17 Jun 1999
  • PAVILION BOOKS
  • London
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 1862052913
  • 9781862052918

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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)

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