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Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Quotable Judy Garland

The Quotable Judy Garland

Hollywood legend Judy Garland (born on this day in 1922) was most famous for starring in A Wizard of Oz as a teenager though I prefer to remember Ms. Garland in her mid-20s co-starring in Easter Parade with Fred Astaire.

To celebrate her tragic life, here is a selection of quotations by and about the Hollywood legend ... 

Quotes by Judy Garland ...

"I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot."

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."

"I can live without money, but I cannot live without love."

"I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them."

"If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role."

"You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage. The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people."

"I've never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back."

"My life, my career has been like a roller coaster. I've either been an enormous success or just a down-and-out failure."

"If you sit down for 20 minutes in this business now it's a comeback."

"If I'm such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you."

"In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people."

"I've always taken The Wizard of Oz very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it."

Quotes about Judy Garland in Easter Parade ...

"The tramp number 'We’re a Couple of Swells', 'I Love a Piano', 'Snooky Ookums', 'Waiting for the Robert E. Lee', 'Easter Parade' all with Judy remain with me as high spots of enjoyment in my career. Judy’s uncanny knowledge of showmanship impressed me more than ever as I worked with her."
Fred Astaire, Steps in Time (1959)

"Irving Berlin, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland have pooled their musical and dancing talents in a smart and fetching screen carnival ... Astaire is hoofing more superbly than ever and Miss Garland is giving him the staunchest of support. Miss Garland has matured to a remarkable degree in Easter Parade ... a handsome and knowing actress. Her latest film performance is altogether her best."
Howard Barnes in The New York Herald Tribune (1948)

"In one of her last, great MGM movies, Easter Parade, she careers from goofy comic (as in the 'We’re a Couple of Swells' routine) to romantic heroine with no apparent effort, eclipsing even Fred Astaire."
Elizabeth Kendall in The New York Times (2000)

Don Hewes [Fred Astaire]: "A girl dancer has to be exotic; she has to be … a peach."
Hannah Brown [Judy Garland]: "I suppose I’m a lemon!"
in Easter Parade (1948)

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