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Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows is a 2001 television miniseries about the life and career of Judy Garland that aired on ABC. It is based on her younger daughter, Lorna Luft's, 1998 book ''Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir" and the film adaptation stars Judy Davis, Tammy Blanchard, Alison Pill, Victor Garber and Hugh Laurie.

The story begins with a toddler-aged Judy (then known by her birth name Frances Gumm) singing in her family's troupe on Christmas Eve. Although she enjoyed the spotlight and was talented, she still had to deal with a troubled home life that eventually spilled over into her professional life including a notorious Stage Mom, a loving Dad who died when she was young and dealing with how much the studio heads adored her talent but despised her looks. The rest, as we know, is history.

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The film was very popular with critics and fans and netted five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress in aMiniseries or Movie for Davis and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Blanchard.

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  • Bi the Way: Judy's beloved father, Frank, in spite of marrying and having children with her mother, is seen holding another man's hand while they watch Judy's Christmas Eve performance.
  • Break the Cutie: Hoo boy. Between her mother, the executives, her failed romances and the fickle public, she had this happen to her repeatedly.
  • Consolation Prize: Triumphantly, she considered her lost Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954) to be this in comparison to her son, who she just gave birth to days earlier.
  • The Mourning After: A teenaged Judy is devastated upon learning that Bandleader Artie Shaw had secretly eloped with her professional and personal rival Lana Turner even though he was wooing her.note 
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  • Nice Guy: Sidney Luft, her third husband and father to both Lorna and Joseph, was seen as this.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: The established relationship between Judy and Mickey Rooney.
  • Stage Mom: Judy's mother is an infamous one who even let MGM head Louis B. Meyer bully and humiliate her because of the money she made for everyone.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: As her career plummets and her reputation loses treading, Judy gains a dramatic amount of weight. She soon loses though (albeit through her recurring drug use).
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