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Authors: Randy L. Schmidt

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“I
t's going to be one hell of a great—everlastingly great—book with humor, tears, fun, emotion, and love,” Judy Garland said of her plans to tell her life story. But she died at the age of forty-seven before seeing it through.

Judy Garland on Judy Garland
is the closest we will likely come to experiencing and exploring the legend's abandoned autobiography. Collecting and presenting the most important Garland interviews and encounters that took place between 1935 and 1969, this work opens with her first radio appearance under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and concludes with her last known interview, one taped for Radio Denmark just months before her death.

What makes this collection unique and distinguishes it from the plethora of Garland biographies is that it places Judy in the role of storyteller. She wrote a number of essays for various publications and sat for countless print, radio, and television interviews. These and the other autobiographical efforts she made are proof that Judy Garland wanted her story told, and wanted it told in her own words.

Finally, here it is.

O
THER
B
OOKS IN THE
M
USICIANS IN
T
HEIR
O
WN
W
ORDS
S
ERIES

Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix Keith Richards on Keith Richards: Interviews and Encounters Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters Miles on Miles: Interviews and Encounters with Miles Davis Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters

Copyright © 2014 by Randy L. Schmidt
All rights reserved
First edition
Published by Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
814 North Franklin Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610

ISBN 978-1-61374-945-6

A list of credits and copyright notices for the individual pieces in this collection can be found on
pages 437–38.

Interior and cover design: Jon Hahn

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Garland, Judy.

Judy Garland on Judy Garland : interviews and encounters / edited by Randy L. Schmidt. — First edition.

pages cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-61374-945-6 (cloth)

1. Garland, Judy. 2. Garland, Judy—Interviews. 3. Singers—United States— Interviews. 4. Motion picture actors and actresses—United States—Interviews. I. Schmidt, Randy (Randy L.) editor. II. Title.

ML420.G253A5 2014

772.42164092—dc23

2014010486

Printed in the United States of America

5 4 3 2 1

For Jaime

In memory
Coyne Steven Sanders
(1956–2013)

Would that my throat were blessed by the nightingale That I could but sing of my heart's great love In some lonely tree flooded with silver, Sing till I burst my breast with such passion, Sing, then fall dead to lay at your feet.

—F
ROM
“T
HE
W
ISH,” A POEM BY
J
UDY
G
ARLAND,
1939

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Preface

PART I • THE 1930s

Radio Interview |
WALLACE BEERY

October 26, 1935 |
Shell Chateau Hour

Radio Interview |
WALLACE BEERY

November 16, 1935 |
Shell Chateau Hour

Judy Garland Faces Stardom |
VICTORIA JOHNSON

August 1937 |
Modern Movies

Judy Garland Looks Back Over 10 Years in the Show Business |
HELEN CHAMPION

August 1937 |
Screen Juveniles

Judy Garland—Guest Editor |
JUDY GARLAND

December 1937 |
Movie Mirror

Punch and Judy |
GLADYS HALL

January 1938 |
Motion Picture

Sweet Sixteen |
ROBERT McILWAINE

August 1939 |
Modern Screen

Judy's Crushes |
MAY MANN

August 1939 |
Screenland

“I've Been to the Land of Oz!” |
JUDY GARLAND AS TOLD TO GLADYS HALL

September 1939 |
Child Life.

PART II • THE 1940s

“I'm Not Boy Crazy!” Asserts Judy Garland, Debunking the Hollywood Match-Makers' Gossip |
JAMES CARSON

January 1940 |
Modern Screen

Who Said “the Terrible Teens”? |
JAMES REID

May 1940 |
Motion Picture.

A Letter from Judy Garland |
JUDY GARLAND

May 25, 1940 |
Picture Show and Film Pictorial

The Ugly Duckling Who Became a Swan |
MARY JANE MANNERS

June 1940 |
Silver Screen

Judy Garland's Guide Book to Dating |
KAY PROCTOR

August 1940 |
Movie Mirror

Beginning Judy Garland's Gay Life Story |
JUDY GARLAND AS TOLD TO GLADYS HALL

December 1940 |
Screenland

Judy Garland's Gay Life Story |
JUDY GARLAND AS TOLD TO GLADYS HALL

January 1941 |
Screenland

Old Enough to Know What She Wants |
CAROL CRAIG

June 1941 |
Motion Picture.

“Mistakes I'll Never Make Again!” |
JUDY GARLAND AS TOLD TO GLADYS HALL

November 1942 |
Silver Screen

Lonely Girl: A Story by Judy Garland |
JUDY GARLAND

November 1943 |
Photoplay

This Is Myself |
JUDY GARLAND

December 1943 |
Movieland

A Visit with Judy |
LILA STUART

March 1945 |
Screen Stars

Love Song for Judy |
ADELA ROGERS ST
.
JOHNS

April 1945 |
Photoplay.

Love Song for Judy |
ADELA ROGERS ST
.
JOHNS

May 1945 |
Photoplay.

Halfway to Heaven |
ROBERTA ORMISTON

October 1945 |
Photoplay

This Is What I Believe |
JUDY GARLAND

October 1946 |
Screenland.

Judy Garland Has Her Say |
JACK HOLLAND

December 1948 |
Silver Screen

PART III • THE 1950s

Judy Writes a Letter |
JUDY GARLAND

September 1950 |
Motion Picture

An Open Letter from Judy Garland |
JUDY GARLAND

November 1950 |
Modern Screen

My
Story |
JUDY GARLAND AS TOLD TO MICHAEL DRURY

January 1951 |
Cosmopolitan

Radio Interview |
ART FORD

September 1951 |
Milkman's Matinee
(WNEW, New York, NY)

Someone to Watch Over Me |
JOAN KING FLYNN

May 1952 |
Modern Screen.

Judy Garland's Magic Word |
LIZA WILSON

September 26, 1954 |
The American Weekly

How
Not
to Love a Woman |
JUDY GARLAND

February 1955 |
Coronet

PART IV • THE 1960s

Judy Garland Far from Home |
ART BUCHWALD

October 2, 1960

TV Interview |
HELEN O'CONNELL

June 23, 1961 |
Here's Hollywood

JUDY |
JAMES GOODE

October 31, 1961 |
Show Business Illustrated

A
Redbook
Dialogue: Noël Coward & Judy Garland

November 1961 |
Redbook.

TV Interview |
MIKE WALLACE

December 1961 |
PM East/PM West.

JUDY |
JACK HAMILTON

April 10, 1962 |
Look

Radio Interview |
WILLIAM B
.
WILLIAMS

April 23, 1962 |
Make Believe Ballroom
(WNEW, New York, NY)

TV Interview |
JACK PAAR

December 2, 1962 |
Jack Paar Program

Behind Judy Garland's Frantic Drive for Success is
This
is Fervent Prayer:
Please Somebody Love Me! |
EMILIE FRANKS

November 1963 |
TV Radio Mirror

Judy Garland: 97 Pounds of Heart |
LLOYD SHEARER

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