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Judy Garland


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Paul Donnelley is the author of Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries and Julia Roberts Confidential: The Unauthorised Biography.


'Paul Donnelley's concise but informative text illuminates the superb black and white photographs that illustrate this masterful introduction to a woman who paid the price of others' greed and folly. A cautionary tale that demonstrates how fame truly is a hollow victory.' QX International MEN WHO MADE JUDY A MONSTER Judy Garland was a huge hit as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz A NEW book reveals how Hollywood turned Judy Garland from sweet film icon into drug-addled victim... Her daughter famously recalled how she learned to dial for room service at a young age. It was that, Liza Minnelli said, or go hungry. It's hardly the mark of a dedicated mother. Judy Garland, her children have said, hardly gave them much of a childhood. She dragged them from hotel to hotel, often flitting out under cover of darkness without paying her bills, and subjected them to her repeated suicide attempts and a string of disastrous relationships. And, as a new biography explains, it was the men with whom she surrounded herself who truly drove her over the edge. In the Andy Hardy movies, in which she starred alongside Mickey Rooney, she won over the public with her image as the good-hearted girl next door, while in The Wizard Of Oz the role of Dorothy cemented her status as an icon of sweet innocence and guileless charm. Beneath the surface, however, all was not well. "From childhood Judy was placed on drugs - to lose weight or to go to sleep or to wake up," recalled Lauren Bacall. A 'And once you get hooked on pills... it obviously affected her." -- Helen Dowd Daily Express

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