Get Happy

Get Happy

The Life of Judy Garland

Book - 2001
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A portrait of the Hollywood superstar covers Garland's childhood, her struggles to establish herself in one of the industry's great studios, and her often traumatic love affairs.
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., [2001]
ISBN: 9780385335157
Characteristics: 510 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Call Number: B GARLAND, J


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givenmydruthers Mar 01, 2012

While I can't fault his research, Clarke's biography takes such an objective tone (not to say that it is actually objective) that it lands somewhat flatly. While he interviewed dozens of people, this is evident only from the end notes - from the detached way the stories are related, you'd never know that he was in personal contact with anyone significant. He listened to hundreds of hours of audiotape of Garland talking frankly and emotionally about her life, yet seldom quotes her directly. The distance this creates, together with the tragedy of the life told, makes Get Happy a distinctly unhappy read. He also includes a couple of unsavoury anecdotes - one in particular - that I will never be able to get out of my head. I don't consider myself a prude, but these sad and sordid details made me wish I'd never read this book.


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