Her role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” turned the 16 year old Judy Garland into an overnight star. The title song “Over the Rainbow” became the song of her life and a hymn representing humanity’s search for a carefree place. Until today not only Americans, but people all around the world identify with this song and its message.
She was an entertainer by nature. During her career, Judy Garland made 32 movies and 30 TV shows, appeared 500 times on the radio, gave more than 1100 concerts, published over 100 singles and a dozen albums, won an Oscar and was nominated twice, won two Golden Globes, five Grammys and a Tony award. Without her and her powerful voice, the torch song genre wouldn’t be the same today. She’s the original Beyoncé, she’s the original Adele.
Yet the circumstances of her death cast a shadow over her life’s achievement. Exploited child star, pills, alcohol, divorces, attempted suicides, bad friends and financial problems. It is a distorted image.
The documentary traces the life and legend of Judy Garland, showcasing her exceptional work in music and film. Among others her son Joey Luft and Rufus Wainwright have their say and recall one of the greatest pop stars of all time.