Get Happy (A tribute to Judy Garland)

Beauty is more than looks
Beauty is more than looks

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.


  • Monique Fischle

    I love Judy Garland! She has such a sad story though. I’m honestly surprised she made it 47. I can’t believe how underpaid she was for The Wizard Of Oz – she made that movie the success it is!

  • Katherine

    I love her too, she was wonderful. Meet Me In St. Louis always makes me happy.

  • John James

    Have you seen this?

    On June 14, 2006, Rufus Wainwright took to the stage to recreate the Greatest Show of All Time ever staged in honor of the Greatest Show of All Time, Judy Garland’s legendary 1961 concert at Carnegie Hall; song-for-song, in its original venue. Garland fanatics feared a fiasco, but the show was a triumph. His sophisticated act of homage to his hero was both a loving tribute and an arch commentary on the original, featuring classics like Over The Rainbow, Come Rain Or Come Shine and Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart. Backed by a 36-piece orchestra and arranged by the Broadway famed Stephen Oremus (Wicked, Avenue Q), Rufus’s vocal talent soars over those classic melodies.

    • Tamsin Howse


  • Bek M

    Another Judy Garland fan here.
    I showed Mr7 The Wizard of Oz for the first time in the holidays, he loved it.
    I asked him what his favourite song was, he thought for a bit and said “Mummy I liked Somewhere Over the Rainbow, she sang it so beautiful and sad at the same time.”

    • Tamsin Howse

      She sings like her heart is breaking…

  • Twitchy

    Oh, love Judy Garland. What a talented figure with such a tragic tragic story. My 5 year old daughter already knows who she is and loves Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Judy just sang her little heart out for everyone but didn’t get what she deserved. My heart breaks for the life she had.

  • Claire Wallace

    Such a sad, sad story…
    It never ceases to amaze me how horrible people can be to each other. :(