Judy Garland

Judy Garland

by Anne Edwards


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Praised as “undoubtedly the best of the many books on Judy Garland” by no less a critic than John Lahr (the son of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz), Anne Edwards’s biography attempts to present a complete picture of the late actress, and not just the boozing, drug-addicted caricature of a woman that is central to lesser biographies. From Edwards's account we learn, for example, that Garland saw it as her duty to provide for her family financially, a generosity that her mother Ethel exploited with disastrous results. A student of great poets—Shelley, Keats, and Browning in particular—she often tried her own hand at verse; surviving poems are reproduced here. Above all Judy Garland sought to please, whether it was an audience or a studio head, and therein lies her powerful and heartbreaking story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589797871
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 99,934
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anne Edwards is the author of several bestselling biographies of notable figures, including film stars Vivien Leigh and Katharine Hepburn, as well as Queen Mary and Gone with the Wind novelist Margaret Mitchell. A fastidious researcher and accomplished writer, Edwards received a Pulitzer prize nomination for her book Early Reagan: The Rise of an American Hero. Her memoir, Leaving Home (2012) is available from Scarecrow Press. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Table of Contents

Part 1 9

Part 2 77

Part 3 135

Part 4 221

Part 5 257

Appendices 307

Judy Garland's Book of Poems 309

Films of Judy Garland 315

Records of Judy Garland 318

Television Appearances 326

Radio Appearances 328

The Main Concerts 329

Early Vaudeville 330

Acknowledgments 331

Index 333

Picture section 128

What People are Saying About This

Rod McKuen

Anne Edwards comes the closest yet to evoking that incredibly complex woman I remember as Judy Garland. It is the most in-depth and truthful book we have had so far.

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Judy Garland 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a superficial story of Judy's life. The details are well known and there is nothing that makes her come alive to a Garland fan. Bare mention of the people that influenced her life and/or her relationships with her children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A long drawn out story. Very corny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know what happened to judy garland but im going to find out and what was so great about one of my favorite actresses. Very tempting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand, post this on three different books, and look under your pillow.