“I just want to know enough [math] to be able to count my salary.” — Judy Garland
Source: Paul Harrison (1938)
The St. Moritz Hotel, located at 5849 Sunset Boulevard, was built around 1924. According to information found on the back of the postcard above, Judy Garland and her family stayed at the hotel in 1926 on their first visit to Los Angeles.
The top photo was taken by Paul Adrian in 1979. The bottom photo was taken from Google Maps, c. 2013.
“I would like audiences to know I’ve been in love with them all my life, and I’ve tried to please. I hope I did.” — Judy Garland
Source: Judy Garland: By Myself, a 2004 documentary.
Photo: Eric Carpenter (1946)
“For just about 16 years, it was keep your weight down to 98 pounds. Don’t eat this. Don’t eat that. I grew up in Minnesota where we ate beans and bread. Take a pill, a stimulant, so you can go to work. Take a pill to go to sleep, so you can get up and go to work again.
“Well, when I was fired and had no money, I moved into the biggest hotel in Los Angeles. The waiters brought the food in, like a procession. I had no money and they looked at me queerly, so I went to New York and did the same thing.” – Judy Garland in 1961.
Source: Tom Reedy
Photo: Milton H. Greene in 1961.
“When you have lived the life I’ve lived, when you have loved and suffered and been madly happy and desperately sad – well, that’s when you realize that you’ll never be able to set it all down…maybe you’d rather die first.” – Judy Garland.
Quote source: William F. Wright, who claimed that she spoke these words in 1967.
“How strange when an illusion dies. It’s as though you’ve lost a child.” — Judy Garland
Garland‘s wig for Summer Stock (1950).
“When you have lived the life I’ve lived, when you’ve loved and suffered, and been madly happy and desperately sad — well, that’s when you realize you’ll never be able to set it all down. Maybe you’d rather die first.” — Judy Garland
Photographer: Richard Avedon
“Judy Garland didn’t commit suicide. She just wore out. Barbituates and liquor were the combination that became a part of her life. She was the victim of overwork and she leaned on those things….Home is really somewhere over the rainbow. An imaginary place. That’s home. And Judy just wanted to go home.” — Ray Bolger
Source: Marian Christy (1981)
Artist: John Siegfried. Year: 1970. Oil. 47″ x 58.” Once owned by Debbie Reynolds.
A retired waxwork of Garland as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. This, ahem, likeness was exhibited inside the Hollywood Wax Museum until it headed for auction in 2009. Dorothy stood 5’2″, which was still taller than the real Garland, whose height was a little under 5 feet. As for the ruby red slippers, well, they’ve seen Kansas one too many times.