Trivia / Judy Garland

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Starmaking 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.
  • Younger Than They Look: Garland aged horribly in later years due in no small part to her alcoholism, heavy smoking, and drug abuse. When she died in 1969 at age 47, she looked at least 60.
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