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by admin February 28, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, Part II

So, in part one we saw how Frances "Baby" Gumm became Judy Garland, how she was manipulated by MGM, started taking a lot of pills, got married a couple of times, and became a star. When last we saw Judy, she had been released from her contract with MGM and hadn't made a movie in some time, so she and her boyfriend/manager Sid Luft planned a big comeback concert at the RKO Palace.

Judy is on stage at the RKO Palace, getting a standing ovation from the audience. She launches into a song about, fittingly enough, the RKO Palace. As the song ends, we fade to a room with tons of presents on a table. Lorna voice-overs that no one thought her parents' marriage would last. It's 1952. Judy and Sid are getting married in front of a small gathering of people. Lorna tells us that the press didn't like her father and Judy didn't have "the best track record," but that her parents "truly loved each other." Lorna goes on to say that while they didn't live happily ever after, Judy came closer with Sid than any of her other husbands. Is that supposed to be a compliment?

Judy is in her bedroom, telling her doctor that nothing means more to her than a healthy baby. The doctor tells her that she'll need "complete bed rest until the baby comes." Okay, that would be enough to drive a normal person batty, but someone as unstable as Judy? I'm a little nervous for her.

Cut to Judy in labor, being wheeled down a hallway on a gurney. Her maid or personal assistant or whatever that woman is -- her name is Lotty -- accompanies her. Judy asks her to say some prayers and they start a "Hail Mary." Judy thinks she and her baby are going to die, and she yells, "Where the hell is that Luft?" Lotty says that he's in the waiting room.

Cut to Judy on a bed, showing Liza her new sister, Lorna. Lotty offers to say another prayer, but Judy doesn't see the use since she and the baby lived. Not big on the religion, that Judy. Sid walks in and Judy wonders where he's been. Sid doesn't listen much, and takes the baby from Liza. Sid pulls a wad of money out of his pocket and starts showering bills on the bed. Judy wonders if he "robbed a bank or something," but Sid tells Lorna to tell her mother that "Daddy's horse came in fifteen to one." Judy makes a disgusted noise. Sid sits down on the bed and tells Lorna that Jack Warner called and said that Judy can make A Star Is Born and he'll produce it. Judy is suddenly not so disgusted anymore, and she tells Sid to talk directly to her. Sid mentions Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for the score, and Moss Hart to write the script. Not too shabby! Judy tells Liza to "ask Daddy if he thinks [they] can get Cukor to direct." Sid replies that they can get whoever they want, and that Judy is not only the star of the picture, but that she's "calling all the shots," for the first time. Judy thanks Sid and kisses him, and then takes Lorna back, and hugs Liza. The family has a group hug.

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Uppers and Downers. Way Downers.

by admin February 28, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, Part II So, in part one we saw how Frances "Baby" Gumm became Judy Garland, how she was manipulated by MGM, started taking a lot of pills, got married a couple of times, and became a star. When last we saw Judy, she had been released from her contract with MGM and hadn't made a movie in some time, so she and her boyfriend/manager Sid Luft planned a big comeback concert at the RKO Palace. Judy is on stage at the RKO Palace, getting a standing ovation from the audience. She launches into a song about, fittingly enough, the RKO Palace. As the song ends, we fade to a room with tons of presents on a table. Lorna voice-overs that no one thought her parents' marriage would last. It's 1952. Judy and Sid are getting married in front of a small gathering of people. Lorna tells us that the press didn't like her father and Judy didn't have "the best track record," but that her parents "truly loved each other." Lorna goes on to say that while they didn't live happily ever after, Judy came closer with Sid than any of her other husbands. Is that supposed to be a compliment? Judy is in her bedroom, telling her doctor that nothing means more to her than a healthy baby. The doctor tells her that she'll need "complete bed rest until the baby comes." Okay, that would be enough to drive a normal person batty, but someone as unstable as Judy? I'm a little nervous for her. Cut to Judy in labor, being wheeled down a hallway on a gurney. Her maid or personal assistant or whatever that woman is -- her name is Lotty -- accompanies her. Judy asks her to say some prayers and they start a "Hail Mary." Judy thinks she and her baby are going to die, and she yells, "Where the hell is that Luft?" Lotty says that he's in the waiting room. Cut to Judy on a bed, showing Liza her new sister, Lorna. Lotty offers to say another prayer, but Judy doesn't see the use since she and the baby lived. Not big on the religion, that Judy. Sid walks in and Judy wonders where he's been. Sid doesn't listen much, and takes the baby from Liza. Sid pulls a wad of money out of his pocket and starts showering bills on the bed. Judy wonders if he "robbed a bank or something," but Sid tells Lorna to tell her mother that "Daddy's horse came in fifteen to one." Judy makes a disgusted noise. Sid sits down on the bed and tells Lorna that Jack Warner called and said that Judy can make A Star Is Born and he'll produce it. Judy is suddenly not so disgusted anymore, and she tells Sid to talk directly to her. Sid mentions Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for the score, and Moss Hart to write the script. Not too shabby! Judy tells Liza to "ask Daddy if he thinks [they] can get Cukor to direct." Sid replies that they can get whoever they want, and that Judy is not only the star of the picture, but that she's "calling all the shots," for the first time. Judy thanks Sid and kisses him, and then takes Lorna back, and hugs Liza. The family has a group hug.

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