Miss Judy Garland - born on June 10th, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Singer, actress, entertainer.
She is what I think of as the epitome of glamorous. I cannot get over those sharp coffee colored eyes, perfectly arched and penciled in eyebrows, ruby red lips, curly red hair, and her beautiful fair skin that makes her seem as if she's a porcelain doll. Meet Judy Garland - one of my all time, 20th century faves.
Celebrities back then like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivienne Leigh, Shirley Temple, and yes, Judy Garland looked so clean-cut. Their hair always clean looking and styled beautifully, makeup applied to perfection, and fresh appearing clothing. Heck, they all looked like they smelled good (Just sayin').
Is there anybody who hasn't ever seen The Wizard of Oz? I love that movie. A lot. If you haven't seen that movie, you must see it; but let me warn you...you will be singing munchkin songs all day long.
And did you know that her original name was Frances Ethel Gumm? She also was affectionately known as "Baby" before she got her big break. As a young child though, her name was changed to Judy Garland.
When she signed with MGM, the media thought that she was far too short and chubby for the cameras, so what did they do? They put her on a strict diet and even went as far as to put young Judy on medicine to even her out. However, she would sneak candy bars when nobody was looking (you go, girl!).
Once while Judy was eating an ice cream cone, her producer came up to her with a lady that was going to be his assistant. He introduced his assistant to her and Judy responded by holding out her ice cream cone and saying to the assistant, "Would you like a taste?"
I would have thought that she had a beautiful life, but no. Just in her early twenties she was addicted to drugs, an alcoholic, financially unstable, slashed her own throat, and attempted suicide.
Less than two weeks after her 47th birthday, on June 22nd, 1969, she took some pills to help her sleep. And that it did - but she didn't wake up.
I do hope that when I pass on, I see Judy in heaven.