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Author: Illus. with photos,Gerald Clarke
ISBN13: 978-0316855952
Title: get happy: the life of judy garland
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Language: English
Category: Arts and Literature
Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (2000)
Pages: 528

get happy: the life of judy garland by Illus. with photos,Gerald Clarke

Clarke, Gerald, 1937-. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Get happy : the life of Judy Garland, Gerald Clarke.

Clarke also wrote Get Happy, a biography of Judy Garland. Like Capote, Get Happy also became an immediate New York Times best-seller. crafted a work every bit as fascinating as its subject. Louis Weisberg, Chicago Free Press, June 21, 2000. The awesome strangeness of life, in which extraordinary achievement was matched by an equally extraordinary despair, makes for a story so dramatic it seems woundingly fresh every time it's told.

Judy garland was born not only without an even keel but without a keel of any sort. She wrote the book on how not to be famous. Your Britneys and Lindsays are following bravely in her rubyslippered footsteps but she had to do it all without the help of the 74 different varieties of space dust you can now score on any downtown street corner and the obligatory leaked home movie sextape.

Gerald Clarke is a wonderful writer who does the next-to-impossible: he tells all without making us hate Judy. It's not that he excuses her or blames everyone else, but he reveals her heart & vulnerability, he tells "her side of it," making us always understand Judy's motivations even when they are so entirely wrong-headed or delusional. Born Frances Ethel Gumm and nicknamed Baby, Judy began singing in vaudeville acts with her two sisters by the age of three. Ten years later would find her with her first movie contract, and ten years after that in danger of becoming irrelevant, another child star grown up.

Judy Garland died over thirty years ag. From her tumultuous early years as a child performer to her tragic last days, Gerald Clarke reveals the authentic Judy in a biography rich in new detail and unprecedented revelations. Based on hundreds of interviews and drawing on her own unfinished - and unpublished - autobiography, Get Happy presents the real Judy Garland in all her flawed glory  . Prime Video Direct Video Distribution Made Easy. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Like his renowned Capote, Clarkes Get Happy is an addictively readable bio of an addict genius. We learn that it wasnt just the Hollywood moguls who mangled Judy Garlands soul. Yes, MGMs Louis B. Mayer did paw her teenage breasts, exacerbate her insecurity by calling her my little hunchback, feed her uppers and downers (bolts and jolts), and repel the . drug czars personal attempt to get her into rehab

As an avid reader of biographies, this book seemed tempting and fulfilled its promise. Not only did I devour it in two sittings, I found Clarke's telling of Judy Garland's life compelling, rich in detail, and extremely fair. I found myself following along in the notes to see who Clarke had interviewed, and was amazed at the roster of people he talked to. I have read other Garland biographies, and felt that this book captured her life in all its ups and downs most eloquently.

Gerald Clarke, author of Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, revealed in his biography of Garland (via The Seattle Times) that the star was subjected to sexual harassment at the studio. Studio head Louis B. Mayer complimented her voice by placing his hand on her left breast under the guise of touching her heart, where he said she sang from. In an interview with Herbert Kretzmer, quoted in the book Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters (via Parade), Garland expressed her frustration that she was viewed "as a neurotic kid, full of fits and depressions. Why do people insist on seeing an aura of tragedy around me always?" she asked.

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland is a biography of entertainer Judy Garland. Published in 2000, Get Happy is author Gerald Clarke's follow-up to his 1988 biography of Truman Capote. Clarke conducted some 500 interviews, including some with subjects who had not previously spoken about Garland, and also drew upon tape recordings that Garland had made in the 1960s for an autobiography. He found Garland's unpublished 68-page manuscript in the Random House archives.

Biography of the great Judy Garland
Reviews: 7
This is actually a pretty good read. Not just because I’m currently in a trashy memoir/biography phase, but because Judy lived a hell of a life and is THE original train wreck. Amy Winehouse? Whitney Houston? Lilo? Whatever. Judy was the real deal. And if it’s sordid details you want out of a biography, then this will not disappoint.

The narrative reads like your guiltiest pleasure trashy fiction. It’s no wonder that Jacqueline Susann modeled her character Neely O’Hara after Judy (yes, I’ve read Valley of the Dolls. Shut up). There is a wonderful character arc as well; it follows the pattern that many would expect out of the life of an addict.

You begin reading feeling terribly sorry for Judy. Her closeted gay father gets them booted out of at least three homes for chasing teenage boys. From a young age, her mother feeds her pills both for energy and then to get to sleep. Diet pills soon followed. She was under an enormous amount of stress to look a certain way, and told by many she was fat and homely. One can’t blame her for ending up the drug-addicted emotional cripple she turned out to be.

As the story goes on, however, the pity party begins to wane and the narrative gains some balance. The full picture of her life makes clear all of the opportunities and squandered chances at redemption she was given. Ultimately, it seems the blame for her early demise lies with Judy herself. It is still heartbreaking, though, the way it is when anyone of enormous talent wastes it and dies young.
The book is very well written and has many, many details, all of which are fluidly connected. The reason I don't give the fifth star is because the author's commentary sometimes goes on for pages before continuing with the story. I know Judy Garland was great, and I can especially appreciate her after reading this book. The author, however, seems afraid the reader will forget that fact!
After reading the positive and negative reviews I hesitated quite a while before reading this book because I am quite a Judy Garland fan. I didn't want garbage but I am interested in fact. I can say after reading I can see the point in both the negative and positive reviews. So I thought I would add my two cents worth. The negative - There are low points in this book, particularly at the beginning and also somewhat at the end. You are left feeling like what you are reading is probably not really the truth. On the otherhand the author had to sort through the fact and fiction himself and he probably did a fairly good job. When you read, if you do, just keep in mind you need to be a little skeptical about what is being said. The positive - Particularly in the middle of the book it gets quite good. You feel like the author has a lot more information he is able to draw from at this point so you feel as if you are really reading good facts. All in all - I would recommend the book. I have read several books on Judy Garland's life and what I always end up with is that she had a lot of problems and those that knew her had to deal with that but in the end everyone seems to say that the overall experience was a good one, and those that knew her despite the problems, come out feeling their lives were enriched by her. Mine has been, simply by listening to and watching her performances, and also reading about her. And this book stands in my mind as a good enough effort to convey a facinating but difficult subject.
The drawback with biographies of favourite people is that the reader knows how it all ends before beginning. So I approached this book with trepidation - preparing to be depressed. I was not disappointed.
For Judy, there were glorious highs - and lows that would have decimated most people although Judy "recovered" from all but the last. This book is an amalgam of previously published resources and new information including the author's interviews and Judy's own autobiographical musing and ranting into a tape recorder for a book that never was. The book is sometimes disconcerting as it jumps back and forth through the years, sometimes pedantic, and told this reader more that I wanted to know about Judy's sex life. (I hope I can forget the one encounter involving the song or my enjoyment of her singing "Over the Rainbow" will be forever diminished.) As the author says: "More than any other stimulus, [music] awakens sleeping memories."
The author, while casting aspersions on Judy's mother and Louis B. Meyer & the MGM system for starting Judy on pills and yo-yo dieting , himself seems fixated with Judy's constantly fluctuating weight. There is a picture on page 346 of a bloatedly ill Judy that one would think would do more to motivate dieters and fitness wannabes more than any exhortations by Richard Simmons or Sarah Fergason. Just put a copy of that picture on your freezer door - you won't want to reach in to grab Haagen-Daz!
When Judy was "on" she was brilliant. The author points out that for most of her life "In those days, there were no drugs to fight depression - the first antidepressant, Iproniazid, did not come on to the market until 1957." Later in the book, he speculates that Judy was "probably bi-polar." How different could it have been if only ...
Good book.. there is so much to cover that it kind of glosses over certain areas that I’d have liked to know more about and it surprisingly goes into little detail about her addictions and doesn’t explain it as well as I’d have hoped. Author does throw in a few “shocking” unprovable anecdotes I believe in an attempt to sensationalize, but they don’t fit in with the rest of the narrative. All in all though it’s still Judy and it’s still a thoroughly written book that I would still recommend. Just not much new info for those of us that already know a ton.
Very good book. The author has clearly researched his topic and knows very intimate details about her life. A riveting read.