Trivia / Judy Garland

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars:
    • #8, Women.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: She and Gene Kelly lobbied for The Nicholas Brothers to dance during the "Be A Clown" sequence of The Pirate.
  • The Cast Showoff: She sang in many of her films, some of which weren't even musicals. And in I Could Go On Singing she sang the entirety of "It Never Was You" live on camera - as opposed to lip-synching to a backing track.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • She greatly disapproved of A Star Is Born infamously having thirty minutes cut from it.
    • According to her daughter, she was disappointed by the Box Office failure of The Wizard of Oz. The film didn't become a hit with audiences until it was shown on television in the 1950s.
  • 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.
    • "Hayride" from The Harvey Girls was a duet between her and Ray Bolger. It was recorded and released on the soundtrack but not filmed.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • In The Wizard of Oz she was seventeen playing Dorothy at twelve, with her breasts strapped down, and caps on her teeth to make her look younger.
    • In Meet Me in St. Louis she was twenty-one playing Esther at seventeen. She in fact almost didn't do the film for this reason.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Subverted. She wanted to lose weight for Judgment at Nuremberg but Stanley Kramer felt her current weight was appropriate for a poor German hausfrau.
  • Enforced Method Acting: George Cukor determinedly pushed her so hard for A Star Is Born that she threw up right before the scene where Esther has a breakdown in her dressing room.
  • Fake Nationality: German in Judgment at Nuremberg.
  • 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.
  • The Oner: In The Harvey Girls "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" was shot like this, only twice, and Judy reportedly nailed both takes.
  • Real-Life Relative: Her children Joey and Lorna Luft were extras in her final film I Could Go On Singing.
  • Reality Subtext: In A Star Is Born she plays an aspiring actress and singer who gets help from a former star whose career was destroyed by drugs and alcohol.
  • 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. However it should be pointed out that Judy already had some fame as a noted vaudeville performer at the time.
  • Those Two Actors:
  • Throw It In!: In The Wizard of Oz during the Cowardly Lion's first scene, Dorothy hides her face behind Toto. In the film it looks like she's scared of the lion, but in reality Judy was Corpsing at Bert Lahr.
  • Trolling Creator: Actual quote from her on The Harvey Girls:
    "This is a fine picture for me. I hate guns, and I'm scared to death of horses. When I even come near a bunch of horses, they nudge each other and say, 'This is going to be fun.'"
  • 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. Her initial costume was of a blonde wig and "baby-doll" make-up, but George Cukor got rid of both and told her to be herself when he assumed the role of director.
    • 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. Amusingly enough Lana was considered for Susan in The Harvey Girls before Judy was cast.
    • Julie Harris was Stanley Kramer's original choice for Judgment at Nuremberg. But upon seeing Judy perform on stage, he felt she was right (and the fact that she would only be needed for eight days made him feel better about hiring her).
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