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This Is What I Believe

October 1946

WHEN SCREENLAND asked me, on the set of “The Harvey Girls,” to talk about what I believe about life, love, religion, happiness and immortality, I was flabbergasted by the immensity of the subjects covered. But after I caught my breath, I was glad that I was given this chance to express my ideas. Usually an actress is asked about nothing more vital than whether she prefers coffee with sugar or without, crystal ash trays to silver ones or blondes to brunettes. I realize that this subject takes a great deal of thought, but I will try my best to put on paper what I believe.

Life? I believe that happiness can be achieved if you don’t get in your own way. You should always keep your sense of perspective, both about yourself and about things outside yourself.

Let’s Get Personal

Modern Screen
October 1940

Judy has what she calls “insane” food habits. She likes to eat corn on the cob with grape jelly. (She once dropped an ear of corn in some grape jelly by accident and it tasted swell) She never eats any two things together. If she has meat and potato on her plate, she eats all the meat first, then all the potato. She never eats on time. If dinner is at seven, she stalls around until eight. She loves to eat hamburgers (but not with onions!), little thin hot cakes and wienies just before she goes to bed. She says they make her sleep like a log.

A Garland for Beauty

by Denise Caine
Motion Picture
September 1939

If you’re in those “terrible teens” or fast approaching them, here’s your chance to erase or avoid the problems you’re “faced” with. Judy Garland, Hollywood’s lovely young star, has offered to help our cause. We give you “A Garland for Beauty.”

THE autograph hunters were clustered so thickly around Judy Garland’s dressing-room that your beauty editor almost didn’t see her. But when I finally wormed my way through the crowd and met Judy, I realized why she’s idolized by the high school set. Judy’s a natural! She’s been in the public eye so long that she’s right at home there. She can make anyone she talks to feel perfectly at ease. Before I knew it, we were talking and laughing together like old friends.

Poor But Happy

by Jim Newton
May 1955
Modern Screen

Judy Garland’s third husband, Sid Luft, strode into the California Superior Court several weeks ago. He was present to answer charges filed by his former wife, Lynn Bari.

Lynn wanted to know why Sid had violated a court order. He had failed to set up a $10,000 insurance fund for his son John as he had previously promised.

The Wizardry of Oz

by Dixie Willson
August 1939

The magic of modern movie-making at it’s miracle best breathes life into that beloved classic of childhood.

AND so M-G-M’s art department was given a script labeled “Wizard of Oz”; a movie script of that wonderous book, that grave and gay mixture of nonsense and philosophy which for forty years has been a juvenile best seller.

Judy Garland

1943 Screen Album
Author Unknown
Submitted by Emily Linn

“Listen, you goop! When something bad happens, you’re not supposed to wear it on your face. You’re supposed to push it down inside.” She stood there on the platform repeating it to herself dutifully like a small girl repeating a spelling lesson, but only half hearing it. How could you sing when your throat was tight and your eyes brimmed? It was clear that the guys at this camp just weren’t interested.

Judy Garland’s Gay Life Story

by Judy Garland (as told to Gladys Hall)
Screenland December 1940 – January 1941

I THINK First Things are the best things. “Wasn’t it Robert Louis Stevenson who said that first sunsets, first loves, all the things we see for the first time, all the first experiences we have, are always best? Anyway, think so. I know I’ll always remember, most clearly and deeply and forever, the first things that have happened to me in my first eighteen years. The things that have happened to me in my first (and only) “Past,” you might say, since now that I am eighteen, I think I can be said to have a Past. So, I got to thinking that maybe I’d write my first Life Story my own self, in my own way. My “own way” probably won’t be the Proper Way, at all. The Proper Way to write an Autobiography, I mean. Because I’m just going to sort of talk out loud, or write out loud, to my mother, to my friends, to my fans. I’m just going to go on and on, sort of Revealing to them all the Important, First Things (important to me, that is) that have made up my Past.

Judy Grows Up

by unknown author
Movie Stars Parade
February 1941

Being able to act your age isn’t always the easiest thing in the world for an actress. But Judy Garland is one of hte fortuante few who is going to be allowed to grow up on the screen, just as she is doing in real life. Which brings us inevitably to the problem of men in a girl’s life.

Up until now, she has been pals with a group of teenage boys, most of whom have veen in her various pictures. But Judy is now eighteen, and everyone knows that boys the same age are so much younger. So, in anticipation of her budding womanhood, the M-G-M studios are deftly letting her face the problems on the screen that girls her age come up against every day. In Strike Up The Band she had all the heartaches of a girl whose boy friend takes her for granted. In Little Nellie Kelly she acts a wife and her own daughter, and plays love scenes with George Murphy.

Rainbows for Judy

by Dorothy Kilgallen

Judy Garland sat on the apron of the stage, dangling her legs into the orchestra pit, lifting her face to the balcony.

And the stage was the Palace Theater in New York City.

She looked like a small boy playing hobo on Halloween. The trousers she wore were baggy and full of patches, the coat so big she had trouble finding her hands. Her hair was hidden under a rumpled fright wig and one tooth was blacked out. her cheeks were smeared with dirt. THe only thing beautiful about her was her eyes, and they were enough to make everybody in the audience cry.

The Jungle Princess (1936)

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For Me and My Gal (1942)

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Oklahoma (1955)

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The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

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Four Daughters (1938)

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The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

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