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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wicked Wednesday

Judy Garland had one of the most successful careers in show business history. Rocketing to stardom as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz when she was only a teenager, Judy had already been making popular films with Mickey Rooney and she was also growing up, venturing into the fare that would take her into the next phase of her career.

Born Frances Gumm, Judy led a sad life by most accounts. Marred by failed marriages, inescapable financial problems, career setbacks, and a crippling drug addiction that ultimately led to her death in 1969, Judy’s world was a nonstop merry-go-round of ups and downs. The mother of Liza Minelli and Lorna Luft, Judy left behind a rich legacy of music, film, and television stardom when she made her all too early exit from this world.

Listening to her sing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas always gives me goose bumps. Originally introduced in her 1944 hit movie Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy continued to perform this holiday favorite each year until she passed. It’s a gem in a bubble in time that was forever captured for the ages.


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