YMMV / Judy Garland

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Practically every note she ever sang could be counted as this, but the duel for first place is between "Over the Rainbow" (from The Wizard of Oz) and "The Man That Got Away" (from A Star Is Born).
    • Her 1961 live album Judy at Carnegie Hall was a relatively late-career Crowning Moment: everyone knew that she'd put on a lot of weight and had had major substance abuse problems, but she took a year off, cleaned up, got fit, went on a tour to limber up and when she finally hit the stage at Carnegie Hall she blew the roof off the sucker, as documented in an album widely considered to be one of the greatest live albums of all time.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • "I Don't Care." The entire damn thing.
    • One reporter describes waiting backstage to interview her after a performance. She came into the room and asked the reporter to wait a moment, as she grabbed the phone. He heard her say "give me the White House". After a beat, she then said "Hello, Mr President, this is Judy Garland. Happy birthday" and then she sang "Over The Rainbow" right there in the room.
    • Patty Duke related in a recent interview during a screening of the movie that after Judy was fired from her role as Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls, after having worked with a Prima Donna Director (Patty described him as "the meanest son of a bitch I ever worked with in my life") who made Garland wait for hours on set before giving her directions, Duke went to see a Garland concert not long after filming ended, and Garland came on stage wearing her Dolls wardrobe.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • If one remembers "Paris is a Lonely Town" from Gay Purr-ee where Mewsette was contemplating suicide, Judy had died seven years after the film's release of an accidental barbiturate overdose.
    • If you remember her Star-Making Role as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, it should be worth noting that her starring as Dorothy was what kicked off her drug addiction, as the directors had her take barbiturates to make her thinner.
  • Hollywood Homely: The majority of her early roles were this. It didn't help that Louis B. Mayer (such a hottie) would call her "the fat one" or "the hunchback".
  • LGBT Fanbase: The Trope Codifier of female gay icons in the 20th century. Being a fan of Judy is frequently used as Hollywood shorthand to indicate that a male character is a flaming homosexual and there are even rumors that her death partially ignited the Stonewall Riots.
  • Les Yay: As seen here with Barbra Streisand.
  • Never Live It Down: Even today she is the punchline to many a joke about drug addicts. That and her large gay following mentioned above.
  • Signature Song: Guess. She understandably became quite tired of the song, but to her credit she understood how much it meant to her audiences, and she never failed to perform it when requested.
  • The Woobie: Just take a look at the description on the main page. Yeesh.
    • Iron Woobie/Berserk Button: One of her pet peeves, at least according to her daughters in a recent cable documentary, was always hearing about being known as a "tragic figure"; that while she did have many tragic things happen to her, she leaned towards having a more optimistic and upbeat (and humorous) outlook on life as much as possible, and shielded her children from the more tragic moments in her life as best as she could.
      • One anecdote from the documentary is that when a reporter came in Judy's hotel room to interview her, she scattered pills, medicine bottles and alcohol all over the front table. When Liza asked her mother why she did so, she exclaimed, "I'm just giving them what they want to see".