A Judy Garland Christmas
Another in our series of Christmas themed vintage show biz posts:
I often joke that I am the only heterosexual male ever to be obsessed with Judy Garland. When I was six years old I wanted to marry her. When I learned she was dead, I wanted to make a pilgrimage to put flowers on her grave. (Still haven’t gotten to do that yet. But I did get to meet her daughter). Garland died when I was about four, so we have this other odd accident of timing: though she had been quite a frequent fixture on television…I never got to experience her as such. I’ve only got to catch up with late Judy (whose pleasures are quite different) in recent years. Case in point, this 1963 Christmas special featuring herself, her talented daughters Liza Minelli and Lorna Luft, and friends Jack Jones and Mel Torme (who has a little Christmas street cred of his own). And after all…her last name is Garland. For more on Garland her vaudeville beginnings go here.
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