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Judy Garland: A Biography Paperback – April 16, 2013
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People are complex creatures, and often so very difficult to understand. Judy Garland is a biography of the famed Hollywood starlet, as Anne Edwards seeks to show a more complete picture of a woman who struggled to serve her family, sought other artistic endeavors such as poetry, in spite of her own demons which Edwards holds get all too much attention when discussing Garland. Judy Garland is an enticing addition to biography collections focusing on the Golden Age of Hollywood. (Wisconsin Bookwatch)
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Even so, the book is written in a very readable, slightly romanticized style, and while you have to take it with a whole shaker of salt it does a very good job of presenting Garland as she herself wished to be perceived--and in that sense Garland fans will find it quite interesting. But for a serious biography of Garland, I recommend Christopher Finch's RAINBOW and Gerald Frank's JUDY.
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This biography is an oldie but a goodie. Edwards, who was English, was a London neighbor of Judy's: she treats Judy with respect, affection, and sympathy. She's decent; discreet about some sad episodes of Judy's life about which we don't really need to know; she takes Judy's word on things. Almost all the books written about Judy up until Edwards' focused on Judy's use of booze and drugs, her scandals. Edwards was the first to try to convey the complexity of the woman, the heart and soul of this great talent. If you want a better, later, more complete chronicle of Judy's career, you might want to read John Fricke's "Judy Garland, Art and Anecdote." But Edwards' book stands on its own; it captures the warmth, the essence of this remarkable performer. Edwards has written several show business biographies, of Katherine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh, among others. She may not rake all the dirt that's to be found, but she's consistently compassionate, interviews many people, and writes smoothly and well.
So, Judy Garland,born Frances Gumm, sang "Jingle Bells" on the vaudeville stage at two 1/2 years old, and was greeted rapturously. She was supporting her family by the time she was four. She wasn't born a beautiful child, but she was born with a great big beautiful voice. She was born to Ethel, who would be a strong candidate for worst stage mother ever.Read more ›
I learned much from this reprint of Anne Edwards' 30 year old biography. Louis B. Mayer seems a complete ogre. The extent that child actors, Garland and Mickey Rooney foremost along them, were exploited was shocking. The cavalier extent to which Mayer, Garland's mother and her third husband, Sidney Luft, apparently controlled, neglected and embezzled from her is unconscionable. I had understood previously that early attempts to have Judy lose weight had started a cycle of drug dependency. What we learn here is just the extent to which this abuse went. Assuredly, neglect of her health combined with her consumption of the extreme amounts of medication led to her early demise.
How has this book held up over the past 30 years? Edwards is at her best in conveying the electricity of Garland's live performances and the palpable and remarkable connection she was able to make with her audiences. One can truly imagine why she was so beloved and so mourned. This book spurred me to find online videos of her live performances. Despite their poor quality, the magic comes shining through.
In places the book shows its age.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
See above. Great book. Didn't want it to end. Loved all the details and learned a lot about Judy garland.Published 15 days ago by kmh
Probably haven't read since the seventies & remembered better. It's so FULL of mistakes, badly invented dialog and declarations of the cheers and applause to songs that were not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by XXX
Very interesting, Good book. Tragic story about a person that was always treated as a commodity to everyone else. Well writenPublished 9 months ago by CKD
Thank god I was able to check this out of my library, I would be outraged of I had to pay money for this.
Typos every where. Read more
Although the story of Judy Garland has been told many many times, this version was very well written and did have some information I had not previously read or heard about. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barbara L. Provus
Entertaining but not well edited and not always factually correct. Get past
the 1s for ls and don't check all the facts.
My mother told me this book was depressing but I didn't realize how depressing it was till I read it. Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer