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Judy Garland : a biography

Author: Anne Edwards
Publisher: Lanham : Taylor Trade Publishing, 2013. ©1975
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Taylor Trade editionView all editions and formats
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Praised as "undoubtedly the best of the many books on Judy Garland" by no less a critic than John Lahr (the son of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz), Anne Edwards's biography attempts to present a complete picture of the late actress, and not just the boozing, drug-addicted caricature of a woman that is central to lesser biographies. From Edwards's account we learn, for example, that Garland saw it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Also issued as:
Edwards, Anne, 1927-
Judy Garland; a biography.
New York, Simon and Schuster [1975]
(DLC) 74019034
(OCoLC)1046161
Named Person: Judy Garland; Judy Garland
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Edwards
ISBN: 9781589797871 1589797876
OCLC Number: 813932016
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 349 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Anne Edwards.

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Praised as "undoubtedly the best of the many books on Judy Garland" by no less a critic than John Lahr (the son of Bert Lahr, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz), Anne Edwards's biography attempts to present a complete picture of the late actress, and not just the boozing, drug-addicted caricature of a woman that is central to lesser biographies. From Edwards's account we learn, for example, that Garland saw it as her duty to provide for her family financially, a generosity that her mother Ethel exploited with disastrous results. A student of great poets---Shelley, Keats, and Browning in particular---she often tried her own hand at verse; surviving poems are reproduced here. Above all Judy Garland sought to please, whether it was an audience or a studio head, and therein lies her powerful and heartbreaking story.

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Anne Edwards comes the closest yet to evoking that incredibly complex woman I remember as Judy Garland. It is the most in-depth and truthful book we have had so far. -- Rod McKuen People are complex Read more...

 
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