Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Judy Garland

“I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot.”
- Judy Garland

“Be a first rate version of yourself,
not a second rate version of someone else”
- Judy Garland

“I can live without money,
but I cannot live without love.”
- Judy Garland

“In the silence of night I have often wished
for just a few words of love from one man,
rather than the applause of thousands of people.”
- Judy Garland

“You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage.
The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to
feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people.”
- Judy Garland

“I think there's something peculiar about me that I haven't died.
It doesn't make sense but I refuse to die.”
- Judy Garland

“I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know.
I believe in the idea of the rainbow.
And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it.”
- Judy Garland

When I was very young, I wasn't allowed to watch very much television and we never went to the movies. Our ancient television set only got the four main network stations. A few times a year, The Wizard of Oz would be the Sunday night movie on one of those stations - usually with much fanfare - and I was allowed to watch it, even if it meant staying up past my bedtime. I loved Dorothy. To be honest, I wanted her to stay in Oz. I couldn't imagine why Kansas was worth going back to - no matter how much she might miss Aunty Em and Uncle Henry. I was an avid reader already, so no stranger to escapism, but The Wizard of Oz was my introduction to film as an escape and the first movie I really loved. It was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with film and an enduring appreciation for Judy Garland.

I found a few of these photos at The Judy Room. The set up for this site appears a little tricky to navigate at first, but a little exploring reveals it well worth the visit. Scroll down to the "jump to" menu and you will find that this site contains a wealth of information and gallery upon gallery of gorgeous photographs. I strongly recommend visiting The Judy Room - the expansive content far surpasses the simplicity of the layout, so give it a chance!

1 comment:

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    The membership includes Garland family members, historians, authors, film makers, other celebrities, and fans of all levels. The only person missing is you!
    This week in our audio section we are featuring Judy's November, 1968 concert at Lincoln Center where she tenderly pays tribute to Harold Arlen, Her complete performance in 1953's psychological musical, Lady In The Dark, selections from her concert at the Met, and some other odds and ends including an oh so rare concert performance by Judy's friend Anita O'Day. Please stop by our little Judyville and check it out, you may never want to leave.