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A Bittersweet Tale at the Centre of Judy Garland Biopic – ‘Judy’

Renée Zellweger stars as screen icon Judy Garland, who rose to fame after the success of her performance in The Wizard of Oz (1939), though her life was not as colourful as the film that made her famous.

Judy is set during the adult years of Garland’s life, 30 years after her rise to stardom.

She arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town as we discover more about the troubles plaguing her personal life.

Having already worked as an actress for over 4 decades and enduring 4 failed marriages, Garland is exhausted, struggling to cope with the demands of the celebrity lifestyle.

The film, directed by Rupert Goold, will give audiences a look at the troubled life of the starlet as she balances her career obligations with her family, all while dealing with drug addiction and trying to find love along the way.

Sadly, it’s an all-too-familiar Hollywood story, that of a superstar celebrity succumbing to the pressures of the business and the price that comes with fame.

Zellweger has been relatively quiet this past decade and has never managed to hit the same heights of stardom since her run in the 90s and early 2000s with films like Jerry Maguire (1996), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Chicago (2002).

I don’t know much about Zellweger’s personal life, but dare I say parts of Garland’s story may mirror that of the Oscar-winning actresses own, based on her absence from the limelight.

In any case, Judy looks like a touching film that should appease Judy Garland fans and fans of classic, tragic Hollywood stories.

Check out the trailer and poster for the film below before it arrives in cinemas on 10 October 2019.

judy garland biography

Nick Janks

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