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The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Five

The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Five

The Judy Garland Show

With Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (1962)
In 1961, Garland and CBS settled their contract disputes with the help of her new agent, Freddie Fields, and negotiated a new round of specials. The first, entitled The Judy Garland Show, aired in 1962 and featured guests Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Following this success, CBS made a $24 million offer to her for a weekly television series of her own, also to be called The Judy Garland Show, which was deemed at the time in the press to be “the biggest talent deal in TV history”. Although she had said as early as 1955 that she would never do a weekly television series, in the early 1960s, she was in a financially precarious situation...

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The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Five

The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Five

Film appearances

Year
Title
Role
Notes
1948
Romance on the High Seas
Georgia Garrett
Her feature film debut. Co-starring Jack Carson. Song “It’s Magic” nominated for an Oscar.
1949
My Dream Is Yours
Martha Gibson
Co-starring Jack Carson.
It’s a Great Feeling
Judy Adams
Co-starring Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan; with Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Edward G. Robinson, Sydney Greenstreet, Gary Cooper, Jane Wyman, Patricia Neal, Danny Kaye, Eleanor Parker.
1950
Young Man with a Horn
Jo Jordan
Her first dramatic role. Co-starring Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall.
Tea for Two
Nanette Carter
Co-starring Gordon MacRae.
Adaptation of Broadway musical No, No, Nanette
The West Point Story
Jan Wilson
Co-starring James Cagney
1951
Storm Warning
Lucy Rice
Co-starring...

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The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Four

The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Four

Later career
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Appearances on Bing Crosby’s radio show

Garland was a frequent guest on Kraft Music Hall, hosted by her friend Bing Crosby. Following Garland’s second suicide attempt, Crosby, knowing she was depressed and running out of money, invited her on to his radio show – the first of the new season, on October 11, 1950.
She was standing in the wings of it trembling with fear. She was almost hysterical. She said “I cannot go out there because they’re all gonna be looking to see if there are scars and it’s gonna be terrible.” Bing said “What’s going on?” and I told him what happened and he walked out on stage and he said: “We got a friend here, she’s had a little trouble recently...

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The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Four

The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Four

Personal life

Since her retirement from films, Day has lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She has many pets and adopts stray animals. She granted an ABC telephone interview on her birthday in 2016, which was accompanied by photos of her life and career.
Day is a lifelong Republican, and supported George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000. Her only child, music producer and songwriter Terry Melcher, who had a hit in the 1960s with “Hey Little Cobra” under the name The Rip Chords, died of melanoma in 2004, about five months after Day had received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She owns a hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Cypress Inn, which Melcher had co-owned with Day.

Marriages

In 1975, Day published her autobiography, Doris Day: Her Ow...

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The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Three

The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Three

Adult stardom

Garland sings “The Trolley Song” in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): This was one of the first films in her career which gave her the opportunity to be the attractive leading lady, rather than the dowdy girl next door.
In 1940, she starred in three films: Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, Strike Up the Band, and Little Nellie Kelly. In the last, she played her first adult role, a dual role of both mother and daughter. Little Nellie Kelly was purchased from George M. Cohan as a vehicle for her to display both her audience appeal and her physical appearance. The role was a challenge for her, requiring the use of an accent, her first adult kiss, and the only death scene of her career...

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The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Three

The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Three

1980s and 1990s

In October 1985, the California Supreme Court rejected Rosenthal’s appeal of the multimillion-dollar judgment against him for legal malpractice, and upheld conclusions of a trial court and a Court of Appeal that Rosenthal acted improperly. In April 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the lower court’s judgment. In June 1987, Rosenthal filed a $30 million lawsuit against lawyers he claimed cheated him out of millions of dollars in real estate investments. He named Day as a co-defendant, describing her as an “unwilling, involuntary plaintiff whose consent cannot be obtained”...

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The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Two

The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part Two

Signed at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

With Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
In September 1935, songwriter Burton Lane was asked by Louis B. Mayer to go to the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles to watch the Garland Sisters’ vaudeville act and to report back to him. A few days later, Judy and her father were brought for an impromptu audition at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City. Garland performed “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” and “Eli, Eli”, a Yiddish song written in 1896 and very popular in vaudeville. Garland was immediately signed to a contract with MGM, supposedly without a screen test, though she had made a test for the studio several months earlier...

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The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Two

The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part Two

Breakthrough (1955–1958)

Day in the trailer for Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Having become primarily recognized as a musical-comedy actress, Day gradually took on more dramatic roles to broaden her range. Her dramatic star-turn as singer Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me (1955), co-starring James Cagney, received critical and commercial success, becoming Day’s biggest hit thus far. Day said it was her best film performance. Producer Joe Pasternak said, “I was stunned that Doris did not get an Oscar nomination.” The soundtrack album from that movie was a No. 1 hit.
Day starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense film, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) with James Stewart...

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The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part One

The Life And Times Of Judy Garland Part One

Judy Garland
Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her contralto vocals and attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages.

Judy Garland

Publicity photo of Garland from 1939
Born
Frances Ethel Gumm
June 10, 1922
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.
Died
June 22, 1969 (aged 47)
Chelsea, London, England, U.K.
Cause of death
Barbiturate overdose
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupation
* Singer Actress Vaudevillian
Years active
1924–1969
Spouses
David Rose
(m. 1941; div. 1944)
Vincente Minnelli
(m...

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The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part One

The Life And Times Of Doris Day Part One

Doris Day

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922) is a retired American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording “Sentimental Journey” (1945). After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, she recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.
Doris Day

Publicity photo, 1957
Born
Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
April 3, 1922 (age 95)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality
American
Occupation
Actress, singer, animal rights activist
Years active
1939–1973
Spouses
Al Jorden (m. 1941–43)
George Weidler (m. 1946–49)
M...

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