Judy: A Legendary Film Career

Judy: A Legendary Film Career

by John Fricke

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Through her incomparable work on screen, stage, record, radio, and television, Judy Garland earned renown as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” It was as a motion picture star though, that she first rose to international fame. From her feature film debut in 1936 through the aptly titled I Could Go on Singing in 1963, she lit up the screen with a magic uniquely hers—and dazzled world-wide audiences of all ages. Judy Garland starred in two dozen of the all-time classic movie musicals, among them A Star is Born, Meet Me in St. Louis, Babes in Arms, Easter Parade, For Me and My Gal, and The Harvey Girls. Her dramatic turns in Judgment at Nuremberg, The Clock, and A Child is Waiting won added acclaim. And perhaps most unforgettably, she starred as Dorothy Gale in the best-loved motion picture of all time: The Wizard of OzJudy: A Legendary Film Career tells the story of Garland’s movie work in unprecedented detail. Hundreds of never-before-published photos, newly-assembled contemporary reviews, insight from her costars and coworkers, and production histories are provided for each film in which she appeared. Highlighting and complimenting the feature films is a definitive biography; an examination of Judy’s short subjects; details of the movies she did not complete; and an enthralling compendium of film projects for which she was considered or rumored. The text is illustrated by more than five hundred photos, encompassing poster art; costume tests; behind-the-scenes candids; onstage and backstage glimpses of her theatrical successes; and personal snapshots. Judy is the exhaustively researched work of historian John Fricke. He celebrates as never before the heart, humor, and incandescent motion picture achievement of the one-and-only Judy Garland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762443680
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 59 MB
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About the Author

John Fricke is a two-time Emmy® Award winner for his work as co-producer on the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography documentaries on Judy Garland. He is also a Grammy nominee for his essay accompanying the music CD Judy Garland: 25th Anniversary Retrospective. His credits as author include The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic. John lives in New York City.

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Judy: A Legendary Film Career 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
knahs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This oversized book is a must for any Judy fan. It is full of hundreds of photos and a short biography. The main focus is taking each film, providing a cast list, running time, songs Judy sang, deleted songs, a synopsis, and reviews. However, the most interesting part was comments about each film either by Judy or others who worked on the film. So it was interesting to read about what both Astaire and Kelly felt about working with Judy. The book also has information on all the shorts Judy was in as well as the films she had been announced for and then did not make such as Annie Get Your Gun and Valley of the Dolls. While you can tell the author is a true fan of Garland, the book provides a balanced view of her life and career.