Judy Garland in Babes on Broadway (1941)
Judy Garland in Babes on Broadway (1941)
Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969)
Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night
On this day in 1969 we lost the iconic, Judy Garland. But, before that day she amassed a body of work astounding in its range, amazing in its power, and timeless in its ability to exult, enthrall, and excite cross-generational audiences.
Today we celebrate Judy’s life and everything she brought into our lives. It’s not a day to be sad. It’s a day to honor her amazing existence and thank her for memories.
No tears today.
Let June 22nd be the day in which we’re happy because she lived.
Day twenty two ::: […]
"She never lost her humor. Or her indomitable spirit. No quitter, she performed until the end".
Day twenty one ::: The beauty
“My mother had the most incredible skin I’ve ever seen; it was like delicate porcelain, so fine and translucent you could see the veins if you looked closely enough. I used to sit on her dressing table when I was six or seven and watch her put on her makeup. I would stare at her while she put on her lipstick, leaning in real close so I could see, and she’d try not to laugh at me because she didn’t want to smear. She had tiny little feet that were wide from dancing all those years; great legs, and the most wonderfully expressive hands. My mother was just so beautiful. She was a movie star.”
Day twenty ::: This duet
"[She] not only was a great artist but a generous, loving soul, person, being." - Barbra Streisand
Day nineteen ::: The best advice ever given"My mother said to me: ‘You’ll never have to sing my songs. You just tell people, and remember this too: You want to be the first rate version of yourself instead of the second rate version of somebody else.’” - Liza Minnelli
Day eighteen ::: Judy, Frank and Dean
Judy, Frank and Dean was a once in a lifetime special, that aired in 1962 on CBS, and was nominated for four Emmy Awards.
The special was critically acclaimed and originated Judy’s tv series The Judy Garland Show.
The show is legendary and it’s a real treat to see these three giants performing together.
Day seventeen ::: Judy, the racounter
"Nobody ever says how intelligent she was, or how witty. Stories about her are frozen in a pattern, as if she had no life after ‘Over The Rainbow’. She was the best racounter, the funniest woman I’ve ever seen." - George Cukor
"She did a great thing, I must say. She rewrote things. We could go through something horrendous, then the next day she’d be telling somebody what we went through, and it was hilarious. She’d infuse it with humor and slowly but truly you’d remember it that way and not the way it really was." - Liza Minnelli
Day sixteen ::: The Concerts
"A really great reception makes me feel like I have a great big warm heating pad all over me. People en masse have always been wonderful to me. I truly have a great love for an audience, and I used to want to prove it to them by giving them blood. But I have a funny new thing now, a real determination to make people enjoy the show. I want to give them two hours of just pow."
Day fifteen ::: Meet Me In St. Louis
It’s impossible not to fall in love with the Smith family in this MGM classic.
Full of unforgettable songs, Meet Me In St. Louis is one of the most beloved musicals of all time.
And even though Judy didn’t want to be a part of it in the beginning - she was tired of playing teenage girls - she is the light of the movie.
She looks particularly beautiful as Esther Smith and the way Vincente Minnelli uses a window, people, and curtains to frame her face in the most memorable scenes is moving and a clear indicator that he was already in love with her.
Day fourteen ::: Her sense of“Judy had a great sense of fun. Everybody has a sense of humor, to some degree or another, some have more, some have less…not everybody has a sense of silliness. Judy could be silly. Judy had a wonderful sense of the ridiculous. And that’s what got her through so many trials and tribulations.”
Day thirteen ::: Her children
"She just loved those children. She wanted them with her. That’s when she came alive. Dressing room filled with the kids, you know. She loved those children, my goodness… and they adored her."
If I love again, though it’s someone new, if I love again, it will still be you
In someone else’s fond embrace, I’ll close my eyes and see your face
If I love again, I’ll find other charms, but I’ll make believe you are in my arms
And though my lips whisper “I love you”, my heart will not be true, I’ll be loving you
Every time I love again