Judy Garland: A Biography

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Taylor Trade Publishing, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 349 pages
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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User Review  - michigantrumpet - LibraryThing

Judy Garland (1922-1969) could barely remember a time when she was not performing. Fully forty of her forty-seven years were spent in front of an audience of sorts, be it in vaudeville with her ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frank_Juliano - LibraryThing

This is a reissue of a book that is more than 10 years old, and it has not been given a fresh edit, so that people who are now dead are spoken of as alive and well. Also, the edition I was given to ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Anne Edwards is the author of several bestselling biographies of notable figures, including film stars Vivien Leigh and Katharine Hepburn, as well as Queen Mary and Gone with the Wind novelist Margaret Mitchell. A fastidious researcher and accomplished writer, Edwards received a Pulitzer prize nomination for her book Early Reagan: The Rise of an American Hero. Her memoir, Leaving Home (2012) is available from Scarecrow Press. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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