Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse and Virginia O’Brien in The Harvey Girls (1946)
Happy Birthday Judy Garland!
(June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969)
She was the most loyal person and the greatest entertainer in the world. And the first thing you think of is the great warmth of Judy, the great, giving, little person that she was. Her heart was bigger than all of her put together. She was just one big heart.
There’s a philosophy in The Wizard of Oz that speaks to all of us. Everyone has a heart, a brain and courage. If used properly, they lead to a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The gold when found, is those people who love you.
— Ray Bolger
The Wizard of Oz (1939) - costume tests on Judy Garland as Dorothy.
According to Alison Nastasi, “there were several different pinafores costume designers explored using in The Wizard of Oz before settling on the famous gingham dress worn by Judy Garland. They also tried out various wigs (including a blonde one), makeup styles (one very baby-doll-esque), and shoes (one pair Arabian in style). Judy’s stand-in also had her own dress — a sepia-rinsed version for the scene when Dorothy opens up the farmhouse door and the movie switches to Technicolor.”
Mickey Rooney on The Judy Garland Show, CBS, 1963
"My goodness…I was quite plump. Now I know what Louis Mayer had in mind."
Judy Garland (seen with Paulette Goddard) at a charity tennis game at the Ambassador Hotel in 1938. Among others in attendance: Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Spencer Tracy, Jane Powell, June Allyson, Eleanor Powell and Ralph Bellamy.
Today the Academy announced it will celebrate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” at the next Oscars. (http://bit.ly/WizardOfOZ)
It’s important to note that the top photo is of Buddy Ebsen, who was set to play the Tin Man, but had to drop out, as the aluminum dust used in the silver makeup he wore caused him to become severely ill. Jack Haley took over the role. The bottom right photo is of Gale Sondergaard, who was deemed too attractive to play the wicked witch of the east, and that role went to Margaret Hamilton, instead.
A happy New Year !1939 Judy Garland
Judy Garland paper doll set from 1945. The dolls are drawn by Regina Vallient and the clothing by Lee Lunger. (x)