She was a part of all of our lives, and most of us grew up watching Judy Garland in movies and hearing her voice is instantly recognizable. Having starred countless titles, her voice and likeness is still used in movies and documentaries even years after her death. But the story of her life is not one that isn’t told that often, or they tend to focus on the side that Hollywood wanted you to see at the time. That is until Judy hits theaters this week.
The economy is in the gutter, but they pay for youMajor
While many people know Judy Garland as the smiling girl in their favorite childhood movies, they may have only heard murmurs of the more turbulent part of her life and career. We never hear as much about her addictions and even where they started.
Picking up her story in 1968, Judy brings Garland to the forefront of her own story. Her career is failing, she’s struggling to get by and still maintain her role as a mother to her children. She has failing health, but has to make a decision to take a job in London for a few months to survive and hopefully become a mother to her children again.
I guarantee it’s all there, the rest of America, waiting to swallow you upMajor
With flashbacks to her childhood acting, the viewers are shown just a bit of what Judy Garland went through as she was given drugs to keep her thin, make her sleep and not hungry. How she was was worked unrealistic hours, especially for a child and how she was more a marketing tool for her manager than she was a human.
The movie over all gives you a heart breaking look at the life she lived, that most people didn’t see. It shows you just how lonely her life became and how she worked hard no matter what and her need for approval, adoration and the applause was what kept her addicted through the years.
I’m Judy Garland one hour a night. The rest of the time I’m part of a familyJudy
Judy is now in theaters everywhere, and is an eye opening even for fans to a more personal side of Judy Garland.
Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.
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