List of Judy Garland biographies

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Judy Garland in 1954

Judy Garland has been the subject of many biographies. Since her death in 1969, she has been the subject of over two dozen books. The first of these was Brad Steiger's Judy Garland, published shortly after her death, which includes information on Garland's astrological chart, analysis of her handwriting, numerology and biorhythms. Most of the books are entirely about Garland, but some, including Patricia Fox-Sheinwold's Too Young to Die, Some Are Born Great by Adela Rogers St. Johns and Jane Ellen Wayne's The Golden Girls of MGM, merely feature a chapter about her. Two volumes, Rainbow's End: The Judy Garland Show by Coyne Steven Sanders and Mel Tormé's The Other Side of the Rainbow: On the Dawn Patrol With Judy Garland, focus on Garland's television series, The Judy Garland Show. Garland's last husband, Mickey Deans, co-authored an early biography in 1972 and Garland's daughter Lorna Luft wrote a family memoir in 1988.

Garland has been profiled on-screen several times. The earliest known film biography was a 1961 installment of the syndicated television series Hollywood Hist-o-rama, which covered her career through the filming of A Star is Born. Garland was the subject of episodes of the British series Omnibus, 60 Minutes, Biography and the E! True Hollywood Story. Her life story was fictionalized in Rainbow in 1978 and in 2001 in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, based on daughter Luft's memoir. On stage, Garland is a character in The Boy from Oz, a 1998 musical based on the life of former son-in-law Peter Allen, and the 2006 play The Property Known as Garland, based on tape recordings made prior to her last ever concert appearance.


Author Title Publication date Publisher ISBN Notes
John Briggs Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent 2014 Atombank Books 0990516024 The first children's book about Judy Garland
Gerald Clarke Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland 2000 Random House 0375503781 Harvey Weinstein has optioned Get Happy and will produce a stage show and film based on it, starring Anne Hathaway.[1]
Emily R. Coleman The Complete Judy Garland: The Ultimate Guide To Her Career in Films, Records, Concerts, Radio, and Television, 1935-1969 1990 Harper & Row 006016333X
David Dahl and Barry Kehoe Young Judy 1975 Mason/Charter 0246109173
Mickey Deans and Ann Pinchot Weep No More, My Lady 1972 G. K. Hall 0515029890 Co-authored by Garland's last husband.
Al DiOrio, Jr. Little Girl Lost: The Life and Hard Times of Judy Garland 1973 Arlington House 0340207477
Paul Donnelley Judy Garland 2007 Haus 1904950817
Anne Edwards Judy Garland 1975 Simon and Schuster 9780671218454
Christopher Finch Rainbow: The Stormy Life of Judy Garland 1975 Ballantine 0345251733
Patricia Fox-Sheinwold Too Young to Die 1979
Bell Publishing Company 0517391376 Includes a chapter on Garland
Gerold Frank Judy 1975 Harper & Row 0060113375
John Fricke Judy Garland: World's Greatest Entertainer 1992 Henry Holt & Co. 1567312047
John Fricke Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote 2003 Bullfinch 0821228366 Includes a foreword by Lorna Luft
James Juneau Judy Garland: A Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies 1974 Pyramid Communications 0515034827
Lorna Luft Me and My Shadows: A Family Memoir 1988 Simon & Schuster 0283063203 Written by Garland's daughter. Served as the basis of an Emmy award-winning television film.
David Melton Judy: A Remembrance 1972 Stanyan Books 0709152574
John Meyer Heartbreaker: A Memoir of Judy Garland 1983
Citadel Press
0806527544 (Citadel) Story of the two months John Meyer spent with Judy Garland
Joe Morella and Edward Z. Epstein Judy: The Complete Films and Career of Judy Garland 1969 Citadel Press 080651017X
Rita E. Piro Judy Garland, The Golden Years 2001 Great Feats Press 0970626177 The only biography to include a detailed family tree and history provided by Garland's maternal family.
Rita E. Piro Judy Garland: In Celebration 2003 Great Feats Press 0970626134
James Adam Richliano Angels We Have Heard: The Christmas Song Stories 2002 Star Of Bethlehem Books 0971881006 Includes a chapter on Garland's involvement in the making of the song Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Coyne Steven Sanders Rainbow's End: The Judy Garland Show 1990 William Morrow & Co. 0821737082 Focuses on Garland's television series, The Judy Garland Show
Scott Schechter Judy Garland: The Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Legend 2002 Cooper Square Press / Rowman-Littlefield 0815412053
David Shipman Judy Garland: The Secret Life of an American Legend 1993 Little Brown and Company 0786880260
Lorna Smith Judy, With Love: The Story of Miss Show Business 1975 Robert Hale and Co. 0709152574
James Spada, with Karen Swenson Judy and Liza 1983 Doubleday & Company, Inc. 0385182023
Adela Rogers St. Johns Some Are Born Great 1974 Doubleday & Company, Inc. 0385087691 Includes a chapter on Garland
Michelle Russell From Tennessee to Oz - The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland's Family History, Part 1 & 2 2009 & 2011 Catsong Publishing 0980064228 The story of Judy Garland's paternal ancestry in Tennessee, beginning in 1793.
Brad Steiger Judy Garland 1969 Ace Books OCLC 4425897 The first biography published after Garland's death
Mel Tormé The Other Side of the Rainbow: On the Dawn Patrol With Judy Garland 1971 W. H. Allen 0883651815 "Tell-all" book written about Tormé's time as musical director of The Judy Garland Show
Ethlie Ann Vare, ed. Rainbow: A Star-Studded Tribute to Judy Garland 1998 Boulevard Books 157297334X Collection of previously published material about Garland. Forward by Michael Musto.
Thomas J. Watson and Bill Chapman Judy: Portrait of an American Legend 1986 McGraw-Hill Book Company 0070684871
Jane Ellen Wayne The Golden Girls of MGM 2003 Carroll and Graf 0786713038 Includes a chapter on Garland

Film and video[edit]

Year Title Series Network Notes
1961 Judy Garland Hollywood
Syndicated Syndicated television short covering Garland's career through A Star is Born, glossing over any mention of Garland's problems.
1972 Judy: Impressions of Garland Omnibus BBC
1975 Judy/The Ultra Secret 60 Minutes CBS The Garland segment was one of two in the episode. "The Ultra Secret" was a segment about World War II code-breaking.
1978 Judy Garland The Hollywood Greats BBC
1978 Rainbow N/A NBC Biopic focusing on Garland's early years. Andrea McArdle played Garland.[2]
1985 Judy Garland: The Concert Years Great Performances PBS Nominated for an Emmy award for "Outstanding Informational Special".[3]
1997 Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow Biography A&E Expanded two-hour episode.[4]
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows N/A ABC Two-part biopic based on the Luft memoir. Garland as a child was played by Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis played Garland as an adult. The mini-series was nominated for 13 Emmys,[5] and won five, including awards to both Blanchard and Davis.[6]
2001 Last Days of Judy Garland E! True Hollywood Story E!
2004 Judy Garland: By Myself American Masters PBS Won two Emmy awards for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming;[7] nominated for three more.[8]


Year Title Author Starring Notes
1998 The Boy from Oz Nick Enright (book)
Peter Allen (music and lyrics)
Chrissy Amphlett (1998 Australian production)
Isabel Keating (2003 Broadway production)
Musical based on the life of Peter Allen in which Garland is a character. Amphlett reprised her role for the 2006 Australian arena tour.[9]
2005 End of the Rainbow Peter Quilter Caroline O'Connor (original Australian run)
Tracie Bennett (2010 London and 2012 Broadway productions)
Covers the period leading up to Garland's 1968 concert tour of England.[10]
2006 The Property Known as Garland Billy Van Zandt Adrienne Barbeau Based on tape recordings made by Garland on the night of her final concert appearance, in Copenhagen in 1969.[11]
2010 The Judy Monologues Darren Stewart-Jones Various Based on tape recordings made by Garland in the mid-1960s for her never-written autobiography.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anne Hathaway to star as Garland". BBC News. 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  2. ^ Copp, Earle (1981-06-04). "Young Judy Garland portrayed in 'Rainbow'". The Fredericksburg (VA) Free-Lance Star. p. 32. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Emmy awards to be aired on Sunday night". Daily Collegian. Associated Press. 1985-09-18. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "A&E focuses on Garland". The (Annapolis MD) Capital. Knight-Ridder News Service. 1997-03-22. p. A5. 
  5. ^ "Emmy nominations 2001". BBC News. 2001-07-12. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  6. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (2001-11-05). "Subdued Patriotism Replaces Glitter as Television Finally Presents Its Emmys". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  7. ^ "List of Emmy Creative Arts Winners". USA Today. Associated Press. 2004-09-13. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Complete list of primetime Emmy nominations". USA Today. Associated Press. 2004-07-15. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  9. ^ Rooney, David (2006-08-06). "Theatre Review - The Boy from Oz". Variety. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  10. ^ Judy Garland drama shows her battle with drugs
  11. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2006-03-24). "At the Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Barbeau Is Judy Garland". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  12. ^ Gallant, Paul (2010-09-01). "Theatre Review - In her own words". Eye Weekly Toronto. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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