By (author) Gerold Frank
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Judy by Gerold Frank
Book DescriptionBased on over 200 interviews and full access to her personal papers, letters, contracts, and photos, as well as the complete cooperation of her children, husbands, relatives, doctors, fellow actors, and directors, this biography explores with candor and empathy the tempestuous, theatrical life of Judy Garland (1922-1969). Here, in all her glory and turmoil, is the singer-actress whose performances in films like The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star Is Born, and on concert tours enthralled audiences, a woman whose brazen and tender voice continues to captivate listeners decades after her death at age forty-seven.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306808944
(216mm x 136mm x 43mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 16-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States
US Kirkus Review » Just one more time, it won't be necessary again, that messy and insatiably involving story of "Little Miss Leather Lungs," the girl with the funny nose and the Keene eyes and a world of heartbreak in her voice. You may have just been looking at her picture (courtesy of the more sentimentally impressionable Anne Edwards biography earlier this season). Frank tells more than twice as much of her life and if this cannot be a "definitive" book (the publishers) it's because Judy, always onstage, was a font of inaccuracies. But he's tried to handle it with his usual care as well as certifiable skills. Frank began to, collaborate with Judy on her autobiography just before her death, followed it up with interviews with her family and more than 200 others, and has had access to all the private papers. It seems unnecessary to once again give a reprise of the whole well-known sad chronology of Baby Gumm; the early years backstage, the long contract with MGM before she was tossed out (Mayer is not directly implicated here as he was in the Edwards book in initiating her habit); the loves (particularly Artie Shaw, Joe Mankiewicz), the husbands, the suicide attempts, the hospitals, the analysts and of course the pills (as she said later to her daughter, "I kind of need them - like vitamins"), the shattering decline, the comeback, the parlous concerts and TV specials, the marriage to Sid Luft, "bad news," who disintegrated with her during those parties, quarrels, debts, and finally the "endings" - eight years' worth. Somehow beyond all the mythology of how a star was born and a cult created, Judy's consuming presence remains - the insecure charm, the mischievous humor, the guts - all programmed on self-destruct. Do you need to be told that this should do very well? or reminded of Frank's other tear-stained commercial classics, I'll Cry Tomorrow, Too Much Too Soon, etc. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Gerold Frank
Gerold Frank was the bestselling author of The Deed, The Boston Strangler, and An American Death. He collaborated with Lillian Roth, Diana Barrymore, Sheilah Graham, and Zsa Zsa Gabor on their memoirs.
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