15 June 2009

Over the Rainbow...Judy Garland

Date of Issue - 10 June 2006

Hi ! In today's Post I have some more Rainbows.......It seems this month is going to be a Rainbow month for me.......I have posted so many Rainbow Posts..this month..I am very thankful to my blogger friends who have helped me in making my Rainbow Collection....I have just received information about a FDC with Rainbow from our very distinguished member Dr. Hemant V. Kulkarni from Milwaukee USA...This FDC has a very nice story....It commemorates famous American actress and singer Judy Garland, her name is not unfamiliar to those who recognize immense popularity of the 'Wizard of Oz' movie and Broadway shows -both still being popular worldwide after so many decades with Judy at one time acting and singing the famous song '... over the rainbow ...'. Here is that beautiful song that she sung in the film The Wizard of Oz (1939) at the age of sixteen, in which she introduced the song with which she would forever be identified, "Over the Rainbow". She was in lead role of Dorothy Gale in the film...Thanks a lot Dr Kulakarni, for the nice information about another Rainbow FDC. I really liked it so much and the lyrics of the song are so touching that I am giving here it with the image of FDC and beautiful stamp of Judy Garland....making today's post a bit poetic and colorful...... This is all for today......Till Next Post....Have a Great Time !

Rainbow FDC with Oz Chracters

Over the Rainbow

When all the world is a hopeless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around
Heaven opens a magic lane
When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There's a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain

Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true
Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow
Why oh why can't I?

Sung by Judy Garland ...in the role of Dorothy...

Lyrics by EH Harburg and Music by Harold Arlen

Legends of Hollywood - Judy Garland

Judy Garland
Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, began her show business career before she was three years old. By age six she was a veteran performer, appearing with her two older sisters in a vaudeville act. Mistakenly billed as "The Glum Sisters" in 1931, the sisters at the suggestion of a fellow performer changed their stage name to Garland (the name of a then-prominent drama critic). Shortly thereafter, at her own insistence, she changed her first name from Frances to Judy (after a popular song of the day).
In 1935 the head of MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) was induced to hear her sing. Enthused, he signed her to a contract. There was some uncertainty at the studio on how to utilize her talents. A year passed before she made her first MGM film, a two reeler. Her first appearance in a feature did not come until 1937, when she was loaned to Twentieth Century-Fox. That same year at an MGM party for its star Clark Gable she was a hit singing a specialty number, "Dear Mr. Gable" adapted from the well-known standard "You Made Me Love You." As a result she and the song were incorporated into the 1937 feature Broadway Melody of 1938 . Again she earned accolades.

MGM quickly put Garland into more films, each spotlighting her in song. In her next film--Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)--she was cast with Mickey Rooney, with whom she subsequently appeared in eight films. MGM paired them in some of the Andy Hardy films, a series starring Rooney as an "average" American teenager. The duo was also winning in movies of the "c'mon kids, let's put on a show" type, including Babes in Arms (1939), Strike Up The Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), and Girl Crazy (1943). Her most memorable film role (and the one which catapulted her to stardom) came in 1939 with The Wizard of Oz. She won a special Oscar as "best juvenile performer of the year." The film also provided her with the song ("Over the Rainbow") with which she was identified until her death.

During the 1940s she graced a number of outstanding musicals, including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946), and Easter Parade (1948). She was superb in a non-singing role in The Clock, a sentimental drama about a young girl and a serviceman on leave.
Once an admirable trouper, she became during the 1940s a problem artist. The filming of In the Good Old Summertime (1949) was repeatedly delayed, as was Summer Stock (1950). A pattern had been set which would increasingly debilitate her. She was replaced in a number of films and finally was fired by MGM in 1950.

Sidney Luft, a dynamic promoter who later became her third husband (1952), started Garland on a career on concert stages. She was a smashing success at the Palladium in London, at the Palace Theatre in New York City, and elsewhere. The magnificent film A Star Is Born (1954) capped her comeback, and she earned an Oscar nomination. But faltering health, increasing drug dependency, and alcohol abuse led to nervous breakdowns, suicide attempts, and recurrent breakups with Luft, by whom she had two children, Lorna (1952) and Joseph (1955). The Lufts finally divorced (1965) after years of legal wrangling.

Notwithstanding her troubles, Garland undertook a highly successful concert tour in 1961, which was capped by an enthusiastically received concert at Carnegie Hall: the live recording of that event sold over two million copies. That same year she won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her dramatic performance in the film Judgment at Nuremberg. She had another non-singing role in the British film A Child Is Waiting (1963). Her last film role was in another British film, I Could Go On Singing (1963). Garland had made an auspicious television debut in 1955 on the Ford Star Jubilee and had done well in other guest appearances. Unfortunately, her long awaited television weekly series did not fare well, and CBS cancelled the variety show after one season (1963-1964).

Garland's personal and professional life continued to be a series of ups and downs, marked by faltering performances, comebacks, lawsuits, hospitalizations, and suicide attempts. After divorcing Luft she married Mark Herron, a younger, inconsequential actor with whom she had travelled for some time; the marriage lasted only months. Mickey Deans, a discotheque manager 12 years her junior, whom she married earlier that year, found her dead in their London flat on June 21, 1969. Death came from an "accidental" overdose of barbituates. She is buried in Hartsdale, New York.

Judy Garland was a superstar. Despite all the lows in her life she remained immensely popular and had a waif appeal that was never entirely lost.


Prashant Pandya said...

It's really a great pleasure to see your RAINBOW POST with wonderful philatelic material on Rainbow. Your efforts to show variety of themes through your blog is laudable.
My best wishes.
-Prashant Pandya

Jeevan Jyoti said...

Thank you so much.

Hemant Kulkarni, USA said...

You've gem of an FDC with little Dorothy expressing her feelings in crayons. If there is such a thing as 'defacing' an original FDC with hand drawn personal art (as it appears in this case), nothing would come closer to expressing inner feelings, for it depicts what 'Wizard Of Oz' has been all about. As a philatelist myself, this brilliant concept should make it more valuable than all of the commercialized printed FDCs. Goes to prove: A true Rainbow is not in the sky, it's imbeded in your own heart! Share it with others and it will burst with vivid colours in the sky!

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