Trivia / Judy Garland

  • The Cast Showoff: She sang in many of her films, some of which weren't even musicals.
  • Cut Song: A famous one was a Dark Reprise of "Over The Rainbow" - to be sung when Dorothy is locked in the witch's castle. The song had to be recorded live on set, as Judy would need to act as well as sing. The performance apparently reduced the cast and crew to tears. "Over The Rainbow" nearly ended up as this too - due to some feeling it would be disrespectful to have Judy sing in a barnyard.
  • Dawson Casting: In The Wizard of Oz and the Andy Hardy films she appeared in.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. She played The Woobie very well and the general public had this image of her as this tragic, depressed figure. In reality Judy was rather The Pollyanna and had a great love for fun and silliness. It was a wild rumour that she would sometimes call up the White House just to sing "Over the Rainbow" to JFK - and years later it was confirmed by a former employee.
  • I Am Not Spock: Even with two decades' worth of work after the film - including successful roles like Meet Me in St. Louis, The Harvey Girls, A Star Is Born, and Judgment at Nuremberg (the latter two of which got her Oscar nominations) - people remember her entirely as Dorothy.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • With Vincente Minelli. The two first met on the set of Strike Up the Band. They became romantically involved while filming Meet Me in St. Louis, which he directed, and he continued to direct some other films she starred in.
    • Averted with Mickey Rooney. Although the two were best buds throughout their time together at MGM, and made many films (several of which depict the two romantically), and Rooney was her champion to his dying day, and despite Rooney's rather prolific love life (his marriages rivaled Elizabeth Taylor in quantity), there has never been any suggestion of romance between the two in real life.
  • Snark Bait: The name change of her sisters' act was to avoid this. They had been billed as the Gumm Sisters, but many had mistakenly introduced them as the 'Glumm', 'Bumm' or 'Dumm' Sisters.
  • Star-Making Role: The Wizard of Oz, which bagged her a special juvenile Oscar, and "Over the Rainbow" became her signature song.
  • Those Two Actors: With Mickey Rooney. They were in 9 films together.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Shirley Temple could have played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Additionally "Over The Rainbow" was nearly cut from the film, producers both feeling it slowed the pace of the movie down - and it would be disrespectful to have Judy sing in a barnyard.
    • She was considered for the lead in Valley of the Dolls but due to her drug abuse, they chose to cast Susan Hayward instead.
    • She recorded songs and filmed some scenes for Annie Get Your Gun, but was dropped due to her fluctuating weight and drug problems.
    • She reportedly had a thing for actor Artie Shaw in her early years. He was not interested but, Judy being young and naive, expected she would win him over. As a result she was devastated when he entered a relationship with Lana Turner.
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