5. Patchwork Of Mothers – Judy Garland

Judy Garland is the fifth mother (of Liza, Lorna and Joey) on my patchwork. She is pictured here as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Cinematographer: Harold Rosson. Taken from a Barbican leaflet, below.

She was performing from a very young age. Her parents were vaudevillians.

She died in London at the age of 47.

Film Men told her she was unattractive and manipulated her appearance. She was only sixteen when she made The Wizard Of Oz. The bastards put her on a strict diet and gave her pills and tobacco to suppress her appetite.

Apparently, it was the norm at MGM to give out ‘pep pills’ to child stars, and then sleeping pills at the end of the day. Garland battled with this kind of shit for the rest of her too-short life.

Judy and Lorna are part of my ongoing blanket project. Started January, 2015.

My friend, Laura, penned a Dorothy-related post recently, too.

See the full patchwork here, or follow my progress on Instagram.

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