But terrible Judy Garland facts would also have to include her own choices and behavior. Garland was certainly the victim of the horrific world of old Hollywood , but she seemed unable to break the cycle of bad relationships and financial ruin that ultimately took over her life and career. As Dorothy, Judy Garland was able to successfully make it back home, to a house filled with love and stability. Sadly, in the real world, she would never be able to truly make it over the rainbow. Here are some of the scandalous and heartbreaking aspects of the life of Judy Garland. She almost wasn't born at all; her mother initially consulted doctors about the possibility of aborting Frances, her third child, but doctors talked her out of it.
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Principal filming began on October 3, , and wrapped nearly six months later on March 16, Some additional re-shoots were scattered over the next three months, but by early June the precious film was pretty much "in the can. After the initial post-production editing, the movie, at almost two hours long, underwent some significant editing with many scenes removed. Judy Garland's song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" was almost cut, but spared at the last moment and thankfully so. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it.
It's a grim and hellacious story, and it's all recounted in vivid detail in "Get Happy," the new biography by Gerald Clarke. The product of 10 years' research, Clarke's book is sympathetic and lurid, indignant and shocking. It's full of the abuses Garland suffered at the hands of MGM, her bulldozing mother and the men she clung to for comfort and reassurance. On the one hand, "Get Happy" offers an impassioned screed against the manipulation of talent for commercial profit.
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