The untold truth of Judy Garland
Judy Garland was the poster-child for old Hollywood glamour. After starring in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, the teenage actress was catapulted into fame. While Dorothy touched American hearts in her search for happiness “Over the Rainbow,” the actress behind the wholesome character would never find it.
Behind-the-scenes of her hit movies, Garland’s life was marred by a lifelong drug addiction passed to her as a child through the hands of her very own mother. Garland was tormented by studio executives manipulating her every move — from starving her on a diet of coffee and cigarettes to pushing her to abort her first child. Still, Garland was taught at a very young age that the show must go on — and it did, even if that often meant dosing herself with amphetamines to stay awake and covering the self-inflicted scars on her wrists.
Garland spent her life looking for Oz and dreaming of a place somewhere over-the-rainbow where the world was shiny and technicolor. Unfortunately, the yellow brick road through Hollywood would never lead her there.