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Get Happy the Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke - 5 Star Review

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Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke Like his renowned Capote, Clarkes Get Happy is an addictively readable bio of an addict genius. We learn that it wasnt just the Hollywood moguls who mangled Judy Garlands soul. Yes, MGMs Louis B. Mayer did paw her teenage breasts, exacerbate her insecurity by calling her my little hunchback, feed her uppers and downers (bolts and jolts), and repel the U.S. drug czars personal attempt to get her into rehab. But the true villain was Judys diabolical stage mom, Ethel Gumm, who fed her pills at age 9. Judys heart belonged to her daddy, a kindly theater owner cursed with pederastic yearnings that evidently got the family run out of various towns, once by a man named Doc Savage. Daddy died young, and Judy kept hooking up with older men, including two probably gay husbands, one of whom cheated on her with her daughter Lizas husband. Her first best girlfriend in Hollywood (and probable lover) turned out to be a studio spy. She knew at least one of her agents, nicknamed Loeb and Leopold, robbed her blind, but since betrayal was everybodys way of life, she just laughed it off--and died dead broke. Judy cheated on Lizas dad (and her own great director) Vincente Minnelli, with still-handsome Orson Welles, who was cheating on Rita Hayworth. People like me dont grow up easily, Judy once said. Most people in this book deserved to go up in flames, but only nice Margaret Hamilton, playing the Wicked Witch of the West, actually did so in a filming accident. She recovered; Judy didnt. Its fascinating to read about Judys self-immolating life. But for a jolt of joy afterward, I prescribe the CD Judy at Carnegie Hall. Clarke lets you know what the songs cost, and what they mean. --Tim Appelo For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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