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A Star Is Born: 1954

A Star Is Born: 1954

1954. Judy Garland in a still from one of the musical numbers in her movie "A Star Is Born." Color transparency by Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.


It's the voice

When I was in the Navy and stationed near San Diego I was taking a night class at San Diego State; one evening we heard that Judy was rehearsing in the college auditorium for some gig. They let folks in but we had to sit near the back; she was quite demanding with the orchestra - yelling at the director etc. - but as soon as she started to sing - well that was what it was all about: wonderful!

She was


Born in a trunk

In the Princess Theatre, in Pocatello, Idaho.
Must have been very cramped for Mom.


I remember her sitting like that on the stage of the Palace theatre. It was at the end of her career. She lit a cigarette and started talking to the audience about the regrets and the problems in her life and as she rambled on, the orchestra started playing "Over the Rainbow." There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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