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Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow [Hardcover]

Sheridan Morley , Ruth Leon
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23 Mar 2001
Judy Garland lived, loved and died entirely in the pubic eye. The authors describe the star, who, despite her troubled personal life, captivated audiences the world over. The volume focuses on images chronicling her extensive movie career.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; New edition edition (23 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186205388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862053885
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 23.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,984,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even bother 22 Aug 1999
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A purely ficticious accounting of the great woman. All speculation, innuendo, personal opinion and conjecture. What a shame!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It didn't take me long from the point of picking up this book to realise what a sorry attempt at writing a biography of Garland this is. Even the the pictures (the best thing about the book) are labled with banal comments and gross inaccuracies. One picture is labelled 'Judy,Liza and her new husband Peter Allen'. It is infact Judy's new husband Mark Herron in the picture! Many of the other pictures also have inaccurate citations underneath. The narrative itself tells us nothing new and is peppered with inaccuracies. It gives one a sense that the writer has very little understanding of his subject. I cannot help but feel that the author has read a number of other books about Garland and has cobbled bits together to make a book of his own. There is no real sense of serious research going into this publication. Sorry Mr Morley, you profess to have a great affection for Judy Garland. If this is really the case, she deserved much better from you than this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 9 May 2003
I rather liked it. It has great pictures of her with her family, her film posters and co-stars. There is a great filmography at the end of the book. The book starts from when "Miss show business" was born then follows through to her films and concerts. If you are a proper Judy fan, then this book would do for you, like it has for me.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Rainbow Should Stay There 9 April 2000
By Robert E. Gold - Published on Amazon.com
I am certainly glad I took this poorly written and terribly edited book out of the public library, instead of spending good money on it. I read this work on Judy since I have been a fan for 25 years. I have read every book that has been printed on her, and I find this to be one of the worst. It is, as many previous reviewers have said, filled with inaccuracies. For example, on page 38, it says Buddy Ebsen left The Wizard of Oz due to an eye infection, which is incorrect since we all know it was due to his lungs breathing in the aluminum dust. On page 38, Glinda is listed as played by Binnie Barnes, not Billie Burke, who did play the role. On page 44, it states that the film didn't get a tv deal until 1976. Try 1956. On page 50, it says that the parody of the Roosevelts from Babes in Arms was cut since it was too good a mimicry. Wrong again, as it was only cut after Roosevelt's death. On page 72, it says Mickey Rooney appeared in three more musicals with Judy after Girl Crazy. I only know of two: Thousands Cheer and Words and Music. On page 148, the photo of Judy and Liza was taken from her tv series, not from the Palladium concert. I am only listing a few of the errors I found, which were not already mentioned. The point is if an author can't get simple factual errors correct, how much can we believe what he or she writes about everything else?

I too find it hard to believe that the author loves Judy as much as he claims. If he loved and admired Judy as much as he said, how could he have allowed so many mistakes in his work?

The only good thing I can say about this book is that it has some nice pictures, some which I had never seen before.

For readers who want to read better biographies on Judy, stick to Gerold Frank's Judy, Christopher Finch's Rainbow, and any book by John Fricke. Stay away from Anne Edwards Judy Garland since I found many similar errors, which could have been easily checked. Also stay away from Al DiOrio's Little Girl Lost and Brad Steiger's Judy Garland. Both are horrible and trashy.

I did like Lorna's book on her mother. It was interesting and told with honesty and love. She didn't sugarcoat her mother's life. We saw an honest portrayal of Garland, the talented but troubled star, who gave so much to this world, and who is still inspiring and giving pleasure through her recordings, films, tv appearances, and radio appearances. The world we live in is a better place for the gifts Judy Garland bestowed upon us. She deserves to be remembered in a book better than this.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Appalling! 19 Nov 1999
By Donna Stewart-Hardway - Published on Amazon.com
How dare you say that you loved Judy? If this is love, I would not want to be the recipient of your hate. This book is appalling. Your facts are often wrong and your maleficent depiction of Judy is inexcusable. There were times when I felt that you were describing the life of a monster.
Judy Garland was one of the most talented women that ever graced the entertainment field. When considering her background, and the people that abused and used her, it is nothing short of a miracle that she survived long enough to leave the legacy that she did. The very people that should have been protecting her and loving her were the ones that used and abused her the most.
When does a dysfunctional, abused child turn into a dysfunctional adult? Between what breaths does this happen? Everyone feels sorry for the abused child and hates the adult they become. Judy had gaping holes in her personality development. Into that she plugged drugs, booze, and men. Ladies, (authors?) why would you want to memorialize her pain?
Judy's worst day as a theatrical talent is better than your best day as author's. You are insulting to your public, you are bone mean to Judy, and my last words on this awful book is shame. Shame on everyone that let this trash out of the box of lies that I thought had finally been buried when Judy died.
To Judy: I am sorry that people can't get "it" right. I am sorry that you had to feel alone desperate and unloved. For tens of thousands of those who did love you, and still do, we love you and miss you.
Donna Stewart-Hardway Child Munchkin Oz, 1939
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hack Biography At Its Quick-Buck Worst 3 April 2002
By Gary F. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Garland was a tempestuous talent with serious emotional problems who began to use drugs at an early age. Her drug use served to intensify her emotional problems, distorted her personality, ruined her career, and ultimately took her life. These are facts, and any Garland biography that attempts to gloss over them does a disservice to its subject, who deserves the dignity of truth. But Sheridan Morley and Ruth Leon's JUDY GARLAND: BEYOND THE RAINBOW does not simply meet these facts, it turns them into superficial tabloid trash complete with pat explantions and superficial interpretations; worse still, the text is riddled with factual inaccuracy, relies upon rumor and mean-spirited speculation, and makes no attempt to place Garland's difficulties in perspective with the other aspects of her life.
I can think of no other Garland text, including the absolutely abominable biography by Anne Edwards, that so ill-serves its own subject. It is filled with unverified and self-serving gossip delivered in such a nasty tone that one wonders how Morley and Leon manage to sleep at night. If you wish to read a legitimate portrait of Garland, I recommend you seek out Christopher Finch's meticulously researched and elegantly written RAINBOW: THE STORMY LIFE OF JUDY GARLAND (sadly, now out of print) or Gerald Frank's exhaustive JUDY instead--and avoid this piece of coffee table trash as you would the plague.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I FEEL SO SORRY FOR JUDY 4 May 2000
By Sean Orlosky - Published on Amazon.com
This piece of filth should not have been published at all! At best, it should have been published by a British gossip magazine. That's all this book is, besides its terribly amateur writing and inaccuracies. I would bet my eye teeth that these so-called biographers have filled more gossip magazines with trash than most would in a lifetime! I feel so sorry that our beloved Judy's life, while sometimes turbulent, had to be all blown up out of proportion and jazzed up for the purpose to make a buck. Many stories in here, even anecdotes, I can say are untrue, or at least in bad taste. These people not only had the nerve to label Judy a lesbian in one chapter, but they say that she had little capacity to love! If that isn't the biggest piece of crock I ever heard, I don't know what is. Just read Lorna Luft's excellent memoir, and you'll get the absolute truth behind all this bull these Brits have turned out! And as for Judy, you're wonderful, I love you, I always will!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a terrible shame the author of this book cant be sued! 13 Aug 2000
By "frances1922" - Published on Amazon.com
Judy Garland.
From all her triumphs, conquering the palce, the palladium, Carnigie Hall..her inane poularity from her M.G.M. years, the 2 year-old child that experienced the first true theatre. The list is endless of what this amazing woman has done in her life, yet the author of this book has quite clearly decided to write this biography for the money and fame he seemed to think It would bring him.
All the way through the book rumours are displayed as truth and he is able to get away with complete and amazing lies to give his book a ''new'' edge, but unfortunatly for him all news in this book have been in the others, except more delicatly put and sticking to the facts instead of make-believe.
The grammer is the worst I have ever seen and the way the book has been generally written terribly. He gets the stupidest things wrong, for example the number of wrongly i.d'd pictures, and the fact that he seems to portray Cyd Charrise as a man!
M. Morely and Miss. Leon Your book is an amazing dis-credit to the art and sensitvity that was our wonderful Judy Garland. I beg that you do not waste anymore poor trees with your tripe
We still see Judy as one of the best entertainers, you can never take that away from us so stop trying to destroy our hero's!
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