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Judy With A "J"

by Kim February 26, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows

Back at home, Judy is on the phone telling someone that she's going to be a movie star and go to school at MGM. Her sister takes the phone as Ethel comes up and grabs a cookie out of Judy's hand, saying, "People expect to see a pretty girl." And to Ethel, pretty means skinny. Unless she's referring to herself -- she's no Calista Flockhart. Frank is looking over the MGM contract. He's reluctant to sign, because it means that MGM will own Judy for seven years, "lock, stock, and barrel." He thinks that now all the studios will want a piece of Judy and they can pick their deal. Ethel says that Judy has auditioned everywhere, and no one else was interested. Frank thinks they're pushing her too hard. Ethel says that Judy will make more money than Frank ever did.

Okay, here's something annoying about this movie already. Frank comes off as a blessed saint, while Ethel is an evil bitch. While I'm sure that's partly true, in my experience, people just aren't that black and white. Anyway, Ethel wants Judy to sign the contract. Frank says that it's Judy's decision, and whatever she decides, they'll be on her side. Judy says that she really wants it. Judy promises to take care of her whole family, always. Lorna voice-overs that by signing the contract, Judy became the "chief breadwinner for her family," and she would be for the rest of her life. Now, "Baby Frances Gumm was officially gone," and her job was to be Judy Garland. Enough with the dramatic voice-overs, Lorna! Let the story speak for itself.

Judy walks through the studio lot with Mickey Rooney, discussing her upcoming shows. The actor playing Mickey Rooney is terrible. Just terrible. He tries to put that little crack in his voice, like the young Mickey Rooney had, and it's not working. Anyway, Mickey asks Judy if she has a publicist yet. Mickey has one who's always there to clean up his messes, and he teases Judy about being at the bottom of their school class. Can you blame her? She's been on the road for like ten years -- who has time for school? I hate Mickey. Judy and Mickey arrive at the Portrait Gallery, where Judy has to get some publicity stills taken. Mickey says, more or less, "Buck up, little camper." Maybe that's why I hate him -- he reminds me of Dawson. Also, he's constantly grinning like an idiot.

Inside the studio, Judy is posed in a chair. The various people around her start criticizing her appearance. She's "a hunchback," which Judy explains is because she has a curvature of the spine. The photographer complains about her crooked teeth, so someone gives her fake teeth. Judy smiles nervously, and I wonder why they haven't said anything about her incredibly frizzy hair. They give her some disks to put in her nose, to make it turn up. That's a good look? The flared nostril? The photographer tells her to "try not to look so fat" next time she comes in. Nice. Someone instructs her to wear the teeth and nose disks in all photos from now on. You know, I wish I could say, "Weren't they terrible in the olden days?" but you know the same thing goes on now, especially with young women. Maybe it's not as overt, but I'm sure it's still there.

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Judy With A "J"

by Kim February 26, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Back at home, Judy is on the phone telling someone that she's going to be a movie star and go to school at MGM. Her sister takes the phone as Ethel comes up and grabs a cookie out of Judy's hand, saying, "People expect to see a pretty girl." And to Ethel, pretty means skinny. Unless she's referring to herself -- she's no Calista Flockhart. Frank is looking over the MGM contract. He's reluctant to sign, because it means that MGM will own Judy for seven years, "lock, stock, and barrel." He thinks that now all the studios will want a piece of Judy and they can pick their deal. Ethel says that Judy has auditioned everywhere, and no one else was interested. Frank thinks they're pushing her too hard. Ethel says that Judy will make more money than Frank ever did. Okay, here's something annoying about this movie already. Frank comes off as a blessed saint, while Ethel is an evil bitch. While I'm sure that's partly true, in my experience, people just aren't that black and white. Anyway, Ethel wants Judy to sign the contract. Frank says that it's Judy's decision, and whatever she decides, they'll be on her side. Judy says that she really wants it. Judy promises to take care of her whole family, always. Lorna voice-overs that by signing the contract, Judy became the "chief breadwinner for her family," and she would be for the rest of her life. Now, "Baby Frances Gumm was officially gone," and her job was to be Judy Garland. Enough with the dramatic voice-overs, Lorna! Let the story speak for itself. Judy walks through the studio lot with Mickey Rooney, discussing her upcoming shows. The actor playing Mickey Rooney is terrible. Just terrible. He tries to put that little crack in his voice, like the young Mickey Rooney had, and it's not working. Anyway, Mickey asks Judy if she has a publicist yet. Mickey has one who's always there to clean up his messes, and he teases Judy about being at the bottom of their school class. Can you blame her? She's been on the road for like ten years -- who has time for school? I hate Mickey. Judy and Mickey arrive at the Portrait Gallery, where Judy has to get some publicity stills taken. Mickey says, more or less, "Buck up, little camper." Maybe that's why I hate him -- he reminds me of Dawson. Also, he's constantly grinning like an idiot. Inside the studio, Judy is posed in a chair. The various people around her start criticizing her appearance. She's "a hunchback," which Judy explains is because she has a curvature of the spine. The photographer complains about her crooked teeth, so someone gives her fake teeth. Judy smiles nervously, and I wonder why they haven't said anything about her incredibly frizzy hair. They give her some disks to put in her nose, to make it turn up. That's a good look? The flared nostril? The photographer tells her to "try not to look so fat" next time she comes in. Nice. Someone instructs her to wear the teeth and nose disks in all photos from now on. You know, I wish I could say, "Weren't they terrible in the olden days?" but you know the same thing goes on now, especially with young women. Maybe it's not as overt, but I'm sure it's still there.

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