In the interest of honesty, this piece was posted on my other blog, without photographs...and only about two people actually saw this...now that I know how to put the photographs on and having edited this just a bit...I wanted to re-post it, so I did! Hope you enjoyed it...
Hmmm...I thought I left a comment, but it's not here now, so hopefully it won't show up and be repetitive.
I was only 2 when Judy died so I never got to see her perform live. I love her singing, her acting, her voice. She was just wonderful, and I envy you having been able to see her in person. She truly was one of a kind.
What a wonderful post1
I see a lot of TCM movies as well.
I never saw Judy, but have seen her daughter Liza Minnelli in concert twice.
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As a child, I joined my parents watching movies of Judy Garland and at that time she was really the favorite of many viewers. She surely is a Hall of Famer.
What a nice sunday reading! Judy Garland is unforgettable...I am lucky I have a couple of Sammys in my life! Sorry he left so early. Have a nice sunday!
Just wonderful. Reminds me of my friend Amy, who also died very young, and her friend Antonio.
I am on my way to visit my Great Uncle on his 99th birthday. His essence just about froze in the Hollywood imagery of the 1940s, as far as I'm concerned. A Dashiell Hammett kind of guy.
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however, i'm delighted you were the one who was above me. what a DELIGHTFUL posting i walked into (i'm a movie nut). how lucky was i?
As one of the two people you mention who read this on your old blog, I enjoyed it even more this time. WHERE are those old movie star scrapbooks that Kendall and I need to see? I'm terribly afraid you're going to say that your mother threw them out! I'm sure Betty has some great Judy stories, no? I remember seeing a clip of one of those MGM luncheons where they sat the stars at long tables in alphabetical order and Betty and Judy were chatting away close to each other (Garland/Garrett). Did you hear about the show that Rufus Wainright is going to be doing at Carnegie Hall soon where he's going to exactly recreate Judy Garland's famous concert there? By the way, I've always read about the Roxy movie theatre which looked gorgeous--is it still there or did the destroyers of our culture tear it down years ago?
This was a beautiful piece. I love TCM movies and like to curl up and watch them when I'm in a quiet mood.
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I love "old" movies. TCM is my favorite channel. My parents thought I was crazy growing up (and still do). I hate that people don't watch them.
I loved you post and felt I was right there with you. You described it so well!
wonderful post, naomi! i, too, love judy garland. most people my age hardly ever know of her but am proud to say i am truly a fan. :)
I never could get into these older movies.... here from micheles
Great post Naomi!! I love all the pictures too. Too bad Sammy died so young, but he was a true friend and it's great that you both loved those movies! I think the scrapbooks you kept is a neat idea! I wish I had done more things like that back then.
I hope you answer Danny's questions on here, because I'm curious about the same things he is!! Thanks dear Naomi. Great reading this Sunday afternoon. I truly enjoyed it.
Hi, This is the first time I've read any BLOG stuff and wow! you are quite a writer! I love all that you have to say. I have enjoyed reading and learning so much from you. I love you and can't wait to find time to come back and visit here again and finish reading more.....
Hi! This is just a note to let you know that someone has given you a kudos in this week's kudos post on my blog! Congratulations!
Naomi, I enjoy everything you post! You bring such passion to the forefront when you talk about movies you like or actors you like; it is almost like knowing them for me. Please continue.
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What a pity the long version of the film was lost. How wonderful to feel in the immediate presence of Judy Garland. She sounds wonderful.
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A strong post and from the heart.
I also catch up on some of the good movies on TCM (we have it here in the UK too - with commercials during the films though - sky doesnt do that.
In addition to Judy's films I really like the performance by Liza in Cabaret.
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nb not sure why, but the pictures are not showing up on my Windows PC, but seem to work on my mac?
That first B & W picture of Judy is a beautiful one. Here from Michele's this time.
i always love reading your stories. i always, and i do mean ALWAYS, smile when i visit your site. today was no exception.
i love classic movies such as those you mentioned. they just don't make 'em like they used to. i'd love to see some remakes though, just to see what today's entertainment big wigs could come up with.
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great post and I could not agree more..
Judy Garland was a beauty and a lady. My and what a wonderful performer..
Another wonderful post! One of my all time favorite movies is "Wizard of Oz"...listening to Judy Garland sing "Over the Rainbow" always sends shivers up my back. Seeing her in person...wow!!
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that was wonderful just a real pleasure to read. i always love visiting here.
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My mom was a HUGE Judy fan (me, not so much, but that's because (and don't faint here) I am SO not a musical fan) and I know she saw her in Las Vegas in the 60's, but I don't know what the show was.
I'm just to antsy to sit through musicals. I know why people love them, but me...not so much.
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I think it's really nice that you have this wonderful memory of Judy, and the Roxie, but also of your friend Sammy.
Thanks for re-printing this story
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That's so sweet that you voted for me when you don't really "do awards!"
When I was growing up all they seemed to have for matinees was Jerry Lewis or Elivs Presely. I saw The Misfits but I was too young. I thought it was as boring as dirt.
What a wonderful post... Oh to see Judy Garland perform... lucky you!
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One of my favorite older movies is with K. Hepburn, "Baby". :)
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What a truly wonderful post. When I was growing up, I hung out with all the theater-types, and Judy was all we listened to! Thanks for writing this. You are SO lucky to have actually seen her perform. Hope you had a great weekend. Michele sent me tonight, and I'm SO glad did!
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I sent you an email with my comment because there was something I didn't want to post here.
Miss Rebecca my four year old walks around the house singing the Trolley Song all the time it is a worry lol
You are blessed to have been able to see Judy perform live.
How sad that Sammy passed away. I'm sure there's a spot in your heart that will be empty always.
TCM channel is the best! I'm always scrolling ahead and setting the DVR to record movies from that channel.
It is so wonderful that you got to see Judy Garland perform live. What a memorable experience!!
I liked Judy Garland. When I was a child I loved to see her movies especially the musical ones. I've also liked her daughter Liza Minnelli.
Gosh, what an amazing story. You have such a crisp memory. I can't even remember what I had for dinner yesterday! Thanks so much for sharing this story. I wish I had seen that movie the way you saw it.
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Hello again, here from Michele's again. Wonderful article. I too like to watch TCM when there is time as I do prefer to watch a movie where the leading actress / heroine looks & acts femanine. This is not meant to be a sexist remark and as such shouldn't be taken that way. I just think movies are more appealing to the eye (and so more watchable) when the actresses aren't wearing trousers & baggy tops. Old movies had leading ladies you felt for, you wanted them to succeed, you wanted to fall in love with them, you wished you were the leading man. Now I'm hard pushed to find a leading lady who is worthy of my adoration. Just my $0.02 worth lol.
What a wonderful tribute to Judy. You're so lucky to have been able to be there in person. I've noticed when listening to singers of her calibre compared to singers now, that hardly any singers "now" take a song and truly sing it, stylize it, make it their own. It's always amazing when you see a performer who feels the music and shares that, compared to someone who sings the right notes, but doesn't really connect either to the song or the audience. *sigh*
Hmmm, I posted something, but it never showed up. No time to repost in detail, I'll try to redo it later.
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I LOVE Judy Garland. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"... is there a girl alive that hasn't dreamed to that song.
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Don't feel too bad. I'd be Lana Turner too if I could. ;)
I really like your reposts with pictures!
Once again you've completely entertained me with an incredible story. I love Judy Garland....how could anyone not?
Great post. A friend and I used to move seats, too, in a movie theater just so that no one was in front of us. Wendy directed me here today.
Reading your post on Garland, I felt what you were writing. And I can imagine. I wish dearly I could have seen Garland. That kinda of presence, of filling a theatre with their spirit, their soul, is so rare. To get goose-bumps, feel yourself expanding into the moment of the performance... these are some of the most special moments I can remember. And yet, Garland... she must have been even bigger than that.
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