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Judy Garland

Judy Garland was one of the greatest performers of the 20th century, whose fame and popularity have long outlasted her early death in 1969 at the age of only 47. Forever associated with the role of Dorothy in the film The Wizard of Oz and the song she sang in it, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, the demands first of her ambitious mother and then the studio bosses effectively robbed her of a normal childhood whilst at the same time forcing her to maintain her ‘girl next door’ image and a punishing work schedule with near-starvation diets and amphetamines, resulting in a dependence on drugs and alcohol which finally ended her career and her life, when she died of a drug overdose in a flat in Chelsea.

This new illustrated biography gives the full story of her treatment at the hands of the studios, and how widespread and critical success and devotionof her many fans failed to keep the demons in her soul at bay.

Paul Donnelley is the author of Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries and Julia Roberts Confidential: The Unauthorised Biography.

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