Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows
is a 2001
television film based on the memoirs of Lorna Luft
, the daughter of Judy Garland
. The production is notable for its meticulous recreations of Garland's films and concerts, and verisimilitudinous
impressions of Garland by Tammy Blanchard
and Judy Davis
The film, which chronicles Judy Garland's life from her first public performance in 1924 until her death in 1969, is divided into two parts: the first part depicts Judy's rise to fame in the 1930s, her descent into drugs, and her fall from grace in the 1950s. The second part of the drama begins with Garland's marriage to Sidney Luft
, and proceeds to chronicle her successful return to movies with A Star is Born
, her personal issues and her death at the age of 47.
Christmas 1924: Two-year-old Frances Gumm performs in public for the first time, singing "Jingle Bells
". Her mother, Ethel, watches from the audience while her father, Frank, watches from backstage. Ethel Gumm is unhappy with her marriage because of her husband's homosexuality. To help herself cope, Ethel moves the family to Hollywood with the hope that her daughters will break into the movie business.
1935: Frank Gumm takes Frances, now using her stage name of "Judy Garland," to the studios of Metro Goldwyn Mayer to audition. MGM chief Louis B. Mayer
is not impressed with Judy's rendition of "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart
', but when Judy sings a different song an... Read More