MONDO EXTRAS

Uppers and Downers. Way Downers.

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

A crowd is gathered on the street. Lorna pushes through them and says, "Mama!" Up in their hotel room, Judy is perched in the window, threatening to jump because she can't pay the bill. The hotel manager and Lorna beg her to come back into the room. Judy says that if she jumps, it will be bad publicity for the hotel. The manager says that it's blackmail, but then tells her that she wins, "for now." The manager leaves, and Lorna asks Judy if she's crazy. Judy replies, "Don't be silly, sweetheart. It's all part of the myth." She is awesome. It's good to know that Judy wasn't totally gone at that point, and had some perspective and even a sense of humor about her public image.

In bed, Judy tells her kids that everyone says she's washed up, and she's starting to believe it. Judy is looking a lot more haggard these days. Judy babbles on a bit about her career and fame. She begs Lorna not to go into show business. Lorna protests that Liza did, but Judy says that she couldn't stop her. Judy tells Lorna to look at her, and asks if that's how she wants to look at forty-five. Man, Judy looks about seventy-five. That's probably an effective scare tactic. Or not, because Lorna did go into show business. Sort of.

Lorna wakes up at six in the morning. She extricates herself from Judy's embrace. Isn't it a little weird that they all sleep in the same bed? Lorna gets Joe ready for school, and signs a permission slip for Joe. As she's reminding Joe of a dentist appointment, Lorna collapses to the floor.

A doctor tells Sid that Lorna is suffering from "severe physical and emotional exhaustion." Sid notes that it's like a nervous breakdown, and the doctor comments that Lorna is only fourteen, and she was responsible for an ill parent and a younger brother, so it's no wonder that she "collapsed under the pressure." Sid thinks for a minute and then goes in to see Lorna, who is just waking up. Lorna wants to get home and make sure her mother is okay. Sid tells her that Lorna and Joe are moving to Los Angeles with him. Lorna protests that she can't leave her mother.

Judy calls Lorna at the hospital, and apologizes for not visiting, but she didn't want a media circus. Judy asks when Lorna is coming home, and Lorna cries as she admits that she's going to stay at her father's house. Judy says that's okay, and starts babbling about how they're going on tour soon. Lorna tells her to stop and cries that she can't live like that anymore, moving around all the time. Judy sarcastically says that she understands, and slams the phone down. Lorna sobs uncontrollably.

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Uppers and Downers. Way Downers.

by Kim February 28, 2001
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, Part II A crowd is gathered on the street. Lorna pushes through them and says, "Mama!" Up in their hotel room, Judy is perched in the window, threatening to jump because she can't pay the bill. The hotel manager and Lorna beg her to come back into the room. Judy says that if she jumps, it will be bad publicity for the hotel. The manager says that it's blackmail, but then tells her that she wins, "for now." The manager leaves, and Lorna asks Judy if she's crazy. Judy replies, "Don't be silly, sweetheart. It's all part of the myth." She is awesome. It's good to know that Judy wasn't totally gone at that point, and had some perspective and even a sense of humor about her public image. In bed, Judy tells her kids that everyone says she's washed up, and she's starting to believe it. Judy is looking a lot more haggard these days. Judy babbles on a bit about her career and fame. She begs Lorna not to go into show business. Lorna protests that Liza did, but Judy says that she couldn't stop her. Judy tells Lorna to look at her, and asks if that's how she wants to look at forty-five. Man, Judy looks about seventy-five. That's probably an effective scare tactic. Or not, because Lorna did go into show business. Sort of. Lorna wakes up at six in the morning. She extricates herself from Judy's embrace. Isn't it a little weird that they all sleep in the same bed? Lorna gets Joe ready for school, and signs a permission slip for Joe. As she's reminding Joe of a dentist appointment, Lorna collapses to the floor. A doctor tells Sid that Lorna is suffering from "severe physical and emotional exhaustion." Sid notes that it's like a nervous breakdown, and the doctor comments that Lorna is only fourteen, and she was responsible for an ill parent and a younger brother, so it's no wonder that she "collapsed under the pressure." Sid thinks for a minute and then goes in to see Lorna, who is just waking up. Lorna wants to get home and make sure her mother is okay. Sid tells her that Lorna and Joe are moving to Los Angeles with him. Lorna protests that she can't leave her mother. Judy calls Lorna at the hospital, and apologizes for not visiting, but she didn't want a media circus. Judy asks when Lorna is coming home, and Lorna cries as she admits that she's going to stay at her father's house. Judy says that's okay, and starts babbling about how they're going on tour soon. Lorna tells her to stop and cries that she can't live like that anymore, moving around all the time. Judy sarcastically says that she understands, and slams the phone down. Lorna sobs uncontrollably.

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