Judy Garland was one of the greatest performers of the 20th century, whose fame and popularity have long outlasted her early death in 1969 at the age of only 47.
Forever associated with the role of Dorothy in the film The Wizard of Oz and the song she sang in it, Somewhere over the Rainbow, the demands first of her ambitious mother and then the studio bosses effectively robbed her of a normal childhood whilst at the same time forcing her to maintain her "girl next door" image and a punishing work schedule with near-starvation diets and amphetamines, resulting in a dependence on drugs and alcohol which finally ended her career and her life, when she died of a drug overdose in a flat in Chelsea.
This illustrated biography gives the full story of her treatment at the hands of the studios, and how widespread critical success and the devotion of her many fans failed to keep the demons in her soul at bay. One of the greatest female stars of all time, and the best-remembered singing star of Hollywood's Golden Era of musical film, nearly 40 years after her death her recordings are still available and any fragments of memorabilia are instantly collectable, proving her enduring appeal.
This thorough and fascinating account of this troubled, tragic, but nonetheless supremely talented entertainer will be required reading for her continuing legion of fans, many of whom were not even born when she died. (Publisher's website)
What the critics say:
‘Paul Donnelley’s concise but informative text illuminates the superb black and white photographs that illustrate this masterful introduction to a woman who paid the price of other’s greed and folly. A cautionary tale that demonstrates how fame truly is a hollow victory.’