June 13th, 2012
Judy Garland
The Making of the Film and Why Judy Was The Hardest Working Woman in Hollywood
Credit: Courtesy of 'The John Fricke Collection.' Digital image restoration by Ranse Ransone.

Original image: 'The John Fricke Collection' | Digital image restoration: Ranse Ransone | Quote: Judy Garland

There’s the Judy Garland that will always be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. And then there’s the Judy Garland who overdosed. That’s what her life has been largely boiled down to.

In 2012, eight years after AMERICAN MASTERS first aired JUDY GARLAND: BY MYSELF in 2004, series creator and executive producer Susan Lacy talked about the film she produced, directed and wrote, as well as how she made a story not about Dorothy, not about the overdose, but about Judy Garland: The hardest working woman in Hollywood.

A national encore of JUDY GARLAND: BY MYSELF on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9-11 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings).




National Encore of JUDY GARLAND: BY MYSELF on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9-11 pm (ET) on PBS (check local listings).

  • LJ

    To use the quotes/voices in this way was a brilliant decision. It gives the work so much more power. You were right to make it only about Judy, to always show Garland, to never cut away to anyone else. I was especially moved by her clinging to her chilren, dancing with them, pulling LIza up on stage. You captured a human being. A human being wronged from the beginning, but who was able to show the world her power.

  • Natasha Martin

    This movie was well put together it makes you feel as you knew her personally. It shows how talented and hard working she was, including her dedication. I loved this movie. Watch it!

  • Barbara Shildneck

    Somehow I missed this wonderful American Masters program about Judy Garland first time around. She has been my favorite performer since the early 1960s, when my dearest friend introduced me to her work; he had been 8 years old when he fell in love with her picture on a movie magazine cover in a drugstore, discovered she sang and had gone with his parents to her movies and Palace performances. I had of course been familiar with her movies, but my experience as a fledgling editor in Manhattan in 1959 up to my life today have been enriched by her talent.

    I am now a retired 75-year-old who is still as captivated by Garland as I ever was, a testiment to the power of your show. My friend, who died nearly 4 years ago, and I enjoyed every book, LP, CD and DVD ever published about her and were fortunate enough to have seen her in person many times–including her fabled appearance at Carnegie Hall. Needless to say, we were not fans of Jim Aubrey or the cruel way he let her know her show was canceled immediately before she had to tape her last show.

    Thank you for a lovely retrospective of a unique performer without the usual overemphasis on the sad last days of her life. Her wit and intelligence place her high in the pantheon of greats in our culture, and I am delighted when we have access to her fabulous voice yet again.


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