Get Happy

Get Happy

The Life of Judy Garland

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Judy Garland. The girl with the pigtails, the symbol of innocence in The Wizard of Oz. The brightest star of the Hollywood musical and an entertainer of almost magical power. The woman of a half-dozen comebacks, a hundred heartbreaks, and thousands of headlines. Yet much of what has been written about her is either inaccurate or incomplete, and the Garland the world thought it knew was merely a sketch for the astonishing woman Gerald Clarke portrays in Get Happy. Here, more than thirty years after her death, is the real Judy.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780786227211
0786227214
Branch Call Number: LP 782.42164 CLA
Characteristics: 802 p

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givenmydruthers Mar 01, 2012

While I can't fault his research, Clarke's biography takes such an objective tone (not to say that it is actually objective) that it lands somewhat flatly. While he interviewed dozens of people, this is evident only from the end notes - from the detached way the stories are related, you'd never know that he was in personal contact with anyone significant. He listened to hundreds of hours of audiotape of Garland talking frankly and emotionally about her life, yet seldom quotes her directly. The distance this creates, together with the tragedy of the life told, makes Get Happy a distinctly unhappy read. He also includes a couple of unsavoury anecdotes - one in particular - that I will never be able to get out of my head. I don't consider myself a prude, but these sad and sordid details made me wish I'd never read this book.

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