Darling Lili, 1970.

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Day eleven ::: A Star is Born

A Star is Born is the movie that will leave you completely in awe of Judy Garland.
In my humble opinion, it’s the movie in which she could show her unbelievable talent to the fullest. She sang, danced, laughed and cried, leaving no doubt to what an amazing actress she was. Her performance in A Star is Born is undeniably one of the most unforgettable performances by an artist ever.
Unfortunately the movie was butchered after its release because it was considered to be too long, what made it difficult for audiences to fully appreciate the magnificent movie it was at the time.
It’s impossible to talk about A Star is Born without mentioning the Oscar Judy never got. Groucho Marx famously said that Judy not winning the Academy Award for A Star is Born was “the biggest robbery since Brink’s.” The Oscar for Best Actress of 1955 is also discussed today in many ‘Academy Awards injustices’ lists.
The soundtrack is out of this world. What could be better than Judy Garland singing Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin? The Man That Got Away is just one of the masterpieces that came out of this movie.

Judy Garland (June 10,1922 - June 22, 1969 ∞)

"When Dorothy Gale entered the Land of Oz, Judy Garland entered the realm of immortality. Every child knows Dorothy, but there’s far more to Judy Garland than the girl in the gingham dress. Across four decades she was perhaps the most dazzling star of all. Who else knew as instinctively what music was for?"

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Julie Andrews sharing the story of how she started writing children’s books.

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Day nine ::: The Clock

In 1945, Judy surprised her fans with her first dramatic role. Not only that, but The Clock is the only movie she made for MGM in which she didn’t sing a note.

It was, in a way, Judy’s first grown-up movie. The love story of a woman and a soldier - they meet, fall in love and get married in 48 hours - was beautifully directed by Vincente Minnelli, who was engaged to Judy at the time. 
Photographed through Minnelli’s eyes, she’s more beautiful than ever in this production.

The movie was well received by the public and the critics, earning great reviews. And even though it wasn’t as successful as Garland’s movie musicals, it still made a good profit and it became a fan favorite.
In one of the scenes, Vincente Minnelli teases the viewers by having them believe Judy’s going to burst into song when Joe (Robert Walker) asks Alice (Garland) if she knows his favorite song. But she just smiles and remain silent.

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Day seven ::: Over The Rainbow

Written in 1939 by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, for the film The Wizard of Oz, this became Judy’s signature song.

"Over The Rainbow has become part of my life. It’s so symbolic of everybody’s dreams and wishes that I’m sure that’s why some people get tears in their eyes when they hear it. I’ve sung it thousands of times and it’s still the song that’s closest to my heart." - Judy Garland

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Day six ::: The Wizard of Oz

Named the most viewed motion picture on television syndication in history by the Library of Congress, The Wizard of Oz is probably the most beloved movie of all time. 
The image of the little girl searching for home is so associated with Judy Garland, that it’s impossible to envision anybody else doing that role. Some people may even be shocked to learn that Judy wasn’t the first choice to play Dorothy Gale.
Shriley Temple - who was the same age as Dorothy - was the first choice of MGM. Deanna Durbin was also considered for the role. The two stars were far more known to the public than Garland at the time.
Some people disagree on that, saying that Arthur Freed wanted MGM to buy the rights of the story to be a vehicle for Judy, because everyone in the studio knew of her talent and what she was capable of. But there is footage of Shirley Temple saying the most famous line of the movie - “There’s no place like home!” -  what indicates that she was considered at some point.
But Judy was 16 years old, much older than the character, and had to use a painful corset so she would appear younger and flat-chested. During the first weeks of the production she wore a blonde wig and doll make up, until George Cukor (who would later direct her in A Star is Born) assumed the role of intermediate director (after MGM fired the original director and before they found a replacement), got rid of everything and told her to be herself.
And what she did was cinematographic history. Her portrayal of a little girl lost, vulnerable, with a certain sadness in every tone of her voice (as critic Roger Ebert once said) is remarkable. It is impossible to forget those beautiful eyes, as she looks at everything that is so new to her with so much wonder.
Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale is a pop culture icon. Simple as that.

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Day four ::: Every Sunday

In 1936, MGM had two girls singers under contract. The only problem was that they simply didn’t know what to do with them.

None of the girls had been put to work in films yet, and studio executives decided that having only one 14 year old singer was enough.

With their contracts coming up for renewal, they thought it would be best to put them to a test. That’s how the short musical film Every Sunday came about. After seeing the final product, they would then decide which one to keep.

There are two versions of what happened after the studio executives saw the film. Some people say that the studio wanted to keep Deanna under contract (saying “dump the fat one”) but a mistake was made and they ended up keeping Judy. The other version (and the more plausible one) is that Louis B. Mayer said that both girls should be kept, but at the time the decision was made, the option to renew Deanna’s contract had expired, therefore they could keep Judy only.

Even though Every Sunday isn’t, by all means, a cinematographic masterpiece, it’s still worth a view.

Judy is (as always) adorable, and leaves no doubt that she can sell a song right from the beginning. (x)

Victor Victoria, 1982.


The Wizard of Oz, 1939.

The Wizard of Oz, 1939.

Julie + Jonah

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Dame Julie Andrews and Pharrell Williams on The Graham Norton Show.

So apparently Julie Andrews and Jonah Hill are getting married and she’s showing him the movie in which she went topless on their wedding night.

#SASS