Judy Garland's harrowing journey under the rainbow
On this day in 1939, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ hit theaters
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When you think of Judy Garland, you probably see her breakthrough role as Dorothy in 1939’s ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ or perhaps 1944’s ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’ or 1954’s ‘A Star Is Born.’ You hear her operatic emotional depth and dynamic belting range, but ultimately you see a bright star that faded.
The 2019 film 'Judy,' starring Renée Zellweger, was a huge success that focused on a short period near the end of Garland’s life. By that point, she had already had a career spanning over four decades, a string of marriages, and a collection of heavy baggage she was dragging along with her both on- and off- stage.
Even as sad as her end was, the film still romanticized some parts of her life that became an unfortunate pattern for stars chewed up and spat out by Hollywood. Click through to see the tragic true story of Judy Garland's all too short life.
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