It’s no secret that I love Judy Garland. In my opinion, Judy Garland was the most beautiful woman who ever lived. I have loved Judy ever since I was a little girl, when I desperately wanted to look like her, to sing like her, to be her.
A few years ago I bought the Judy Garland biography Get Happy. The best thing about Get Happy is that it is based on tapes and documents Judy recorded & wrote for her own autobiography, that was never finished. I haven’t finished it yet, it was so incredibly heartbreaking to read.
Judy only had a short life, dying at only 47 years old. Given drugs from only 9 years old by her own mother, forced to have an abortion at 20 by her mother and MGM, told she wasn’t pretty enough, she was a hunchback and the ugly duckling. Underpaid (in The Wizard of Oz the only title cast member paid less than her was Toto!) and undervalued, her story is a tragic one.
Judy began on stage as “Baby” Gumm at only 2 1/2 years old and she had a stage mother of the worst kind. Throughout her life she was molested, abused, controlled and discarded. She was poor, and Lorna tells of the times they had no money to buy food. When she performed towards the end of her life it was for only $100 a night, can you believe it? She was also funny, something many people never knew.
I have always felt a huge connection to her, and her voice. The most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Her willingness to put on a show, to throw herself 100% into life, to chase the men she wanted (tragically). I have always related to her. All Judy wanted in life was to be a mother and to be loved.
She was one of the most talented, beautiful and amazing people who will ever live. Her story breaks my heart.
I believe Judy Garland has been incredibly misrepresented. As someone who chose to have abortions and regretted them, as a drug addict or an alcoholic. She was a victim. So I’d like to share this with you. Part of her story, in her own words.