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  • Series: Musicians in Their Own Words
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613749457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613749456
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Who was the ‘real’ Judy Garland—the diminutive woman who lived a life away from the camera? Judy Garland on Judy Garland is an intriguing and seductive look at the icon through the eyes of the fragile woman who lived in the shadow of her own stardom. At last, we can read what Judy Garland thought of her talents, her struggles, her achievements, and her life. This is the true story of an international superstar whom the public never really knew. Flirtatious, defiant, sympathetic, contradictory, funny, sad, and charming—Judy Garland.” —Michael Gregg Michaud, author of Sal Mineo: A Biography

“The Holy Grail for fans of Judy Garland! Randy L. Schmidt is the Indiana Jones of Garland archeology. Never before has Judy been given such a laser-focused spotlight to speak for herself—and like her greatest musical performances, she takes center stage and wows us with every phrase. Careening from the hilarious to the gut-wrenching, Judy will charm your socks off! This book is not just over the rainbow, it’s out of the world!” —Sam Irvin, author of Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise

“A fascinating, impressively researched insight into the heart and mind of a twentieth-century icon. It reveals the true nature of Judy Garland: the incisive wit, wicked sense of humor, and self-deprecating lack of affectation. Life was not always a bowl of cherries for Judy, but she was far from the tragic figure that many bandwagon biographers have portrayed over the years. Four decades of the divine Ms. Garland, in her own words, restored to humanity at last.” —Gary Horrocks, editor, Judy Garland: A Celebration, International Judy Garland Club

"Garland is often seen, nowadays, as a sort of tragic figure, a superstar who achieved great heights and crippling lows, but here we see her perhaps as she would want to be remembered: a eager, supremely talented woman who never stopped dreaming of a brighter future for herself." —Booklist Online



“Schmidt aptly structures the book chronologically, which by default makes it the greatest Judy Garland encyclopedia out there, in terms of search-ability, as such also becoming a fascinating chronicle of how media focus has changed throughout the years, with the first interviews being too polished for their own good, and the last ones being messier, almost morbid in a way.” —PopMatters

About the Author

Randy L. Schmidt is the author of the acclaimed bestselling biography Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter and the editor of Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader. He has also written articles for the Advocate and the Observer. He lives in Denton, Texas.


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This is a must read for all Judy fans!
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The book is written from her perspective and what she revealed to interviewers.
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One thing I love more than Judy's music and movies is hearing her tell stories.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Sale on November 11, 2014
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This collection of 'interviews' contains more fiction, more fabricated lies than all of Judy's movies rolled into one! Not her fault. We see how she was trapped in a fantasy world of force-fed ideas....the early teenage years..."Oh no, it was just puppy fat...it's dropped off me now, that's why I'm so slim." Yeah. A vicious circle of studio-arranged 'dates' that had fan-mags then accusing her of being 'boy crazy'. The other early interviews, sickly saccharine, written by studio-influenced sob-sisters, anxious to show that this young girl caught in the web of show-biz from age 2, despite never having a childhood, despite arduous filming schedules with only chicken broth to sustain her, was still a 'normal' teenager with a loving mother, sisters and father. And she - willingly or otherwise -fed them the lies that she later refuted, revealing that her mother was a monster and she hated her no-talent sisters.

No mention of the horrendous addiction to pills that eventually destroyed her, just passing references to 'exhaustion', 'a bad case of flu' 'a nervous breakdown' etc. etc. that caused her absence from sets. And these excuses are quotes from her. So much for these articles revealing 'the real Judy.' "I'm healthy, I'm really healthy" she claims repeatedly.

These articles are a revelation of how what was really going on in her life was concealed, at first by studio pressure, and then by Judy herself. At times, her own innate will to survive comes through in a flurry of self-justification and surprising frankness, then the quotes lapse back into cover-up cliches. We see how things we now know for real were glossed over, the husbands who were gay, the one that was physically abusive...."I've never been happier," she says.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie Meneo on September 2, 2014
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Thanks to Mr. Schmidt for compiling and editing this insightful, wonderful book. It is an absolute joy to read-I found myself at turns laughing at loud at Judy's sparkling wit and tearing up at the heartaches that she endured. I inherited a deep love and appreciation for Judy from my Mom, and this book only enrichened my awe not only of her talent but her courage, compassion and strength. Thanks again to Mr. Schmidt for giving Judy a chance to at last have her say-and her fans the chance to read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay Scarfone on October 12, 2014
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Having never had the opportunity to officially pen her own autobiography prior to her untimely passing in 1969 at age 47, this book is the closest thing that one could hope for from the legendary Judy Garland herself.

The book’s befitting title, Judy Garland on Judy Garland, delivers what it implies. That is, rather than presenting an exalted love letter or—alternatively—sordidly tragic tabloid fodder, author/editor Randy Schmidt serves a straight-up account of Garland through verbatim quotes and contemporary press interviews and encounters.

Mr. Schmidt does his due diligence in cautioning readers that Judy’s publicity was indeed largely vetted and otherwise controlled during the early days of her career by her then-employer, mega movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. But even so, one can certainly glean what was going on in the young actress/singer’s life and career at that time. By the late 1950s and 1960s, however, with her ties from MGM severed, Garland was free to speak uninhibited and candidly to the media . . . something she seemingly took advantage of wholeheartedly. Those accounts, as presented in the entire second half of the book, make for particularly intriguing (oftentimes humorous, courtesy of Miss Garland’s own wit) insight.

All of this makes for a fascinating read. To casual fans who merely know Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, there is much to be learned of the talented performer beyond her most recognizable role. For die-hard Judy worshippers, there is every reason to believe that they will have an even greater appreciation for their idol after reading “her own words.”

Kudos to Mr. Schmidt. In the absence of her own autobiography, I think Judy Garland herself would be pleased with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Gould on December 16, 2014
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An interesting book. I've read just about every biography on Judy so there isn't much that I haven't heard or read. This book put a different perspective on her life. Yes, some of the interviews during the MGM days are less than accurate, but remember the times - the studios controlled everything the stars said and did (or covered it up). Specifically, reading what she said about her mother, and knowing that Judy referred to her as the real wicked witch of the west, it is just an insight on how much of a stronghold the studios had on her, and everyone else under contract at the time. So, with that in mind, I thought it was particularly interesting and can only imagine what was going through her head as she gave these interviews.

The interviews of the 50's-60's begin to be much more candid since she wasn't under the control of a studio. I particularly love the letter she wrote to defend herself - Classic Judy Garland! By the mid-sixties she began to speak very openly and these interviews reveal the true person she was. She talks about being taken advantage of by so many people and just wanting happiness. She also talks of her children, whom she loved more than anything in the world.

Many say that Judy was tragic, but I don't think so, I think she had a hard life, some of it brought on herself, and everybody expected something from her. But she was a funny funny woman (Lucille Ball called her the funniest lady in Hollywood!) and could always laugh at herself. Of course, there are the pills and booze, but that aside, nobody worked harder, and nobody has endured as long as Judy has. She was an amazing person, all things considered and her popularity is as strong today as it was fifty, sixty, seventy years ago, and THAT is not tragic.
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