Judy Garland

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Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.

Judy Garland (10 June 192222 June 1969), born Frances Ethel Gumm, was an American film actress and singer. She is one the Ten Greatest Female Stars of American Cinema..

Quotes[edit]

I've never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.
As for my feelings toward "Over the Rainbow", it's become part of my life. It is so symbolic of all dreams and wishes…
  • I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.
    • As quoted in The Observer (18 February 1951)
  • You are never so alone as when you are ill on stage. The most nightmarish feeling in the world is suddenly to feel like throwing up in front of four thousand people.
    • LIFE magazine (2 June 1961)
  • I've never looked through a keyhole without finding someone was looking back.
    • Interview, NBC TV (16 March 1961)
  • I'm just an Irish biddy.
    • Press Confrence, Sydney Australia (18 May 1964)
  • Go and tell that nasty, rude little princess that we've known each other for long enough and gabbed enough in ladies' rooms that she should skip the ho-hum royal routine and just pop over here and ask me herself. … Tell her I'll sing if she christens a ship first.
    • Garland's annoyed response to a note from Princess Margaret "commanding" her to sing at a party in 1965, as quoted in Princess Margaret : A Biography (1977) by Theo Aronson.
  • Wouldn`t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we'd like each other a little bit more.
    • As quoted in Little Girl Lost (1974) by Al DiOrio, p. 9
  • As for my feelings toward "Over the Rainbow", it's become part of my life. It is so symbolic of all dreams and wishes that I'm sure that's why people sometimes get tears in their eyes when they hear it.
    • Letter to Harold Arlen, as quoted in Over the Rainbow : The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America (1991) by Paul Nathanson, p. 340
  • Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
    • As quoted in Business Etiquette for the Nineties : Your Ticket to Career Success (1992) by Lou Kennedy, p. 8
  • I wanted to believe, and I tried my damnedest to believe, in the rainbow I tried to get over, and I couldn't! … So what? Lots of people can't!
    • As quoted in Judy (1974) by Gerold Frank, p. 566

Quotes about Garland[edit]

  • I wish you would mention the joy she had for life, that’s what she gave me. If she was the tragic figure they say she was, I would be a wreck, wouldn't I? It was her love of life that carried her through everything. The middle of the road was never for her — it bored her. She wanted the pinnacle of excitement. If she was happy, she wasn’t just happy, she was ecstatic. And when she was sad, she was sadder then anyone. She lived eight lives in one, and yet I thought she would outlive us all. She was a great star, and a great talent, and for the rest of my life I will be proud to be Judy Garland's daughter. It wasn’t suicide, it wasn’t sleeping pills, it wasn’t cirrhosis. I think she was just tired, like a flower that blooms and gives joy and beauty to the world and then wilts away.
    • Liza Minnelli, as quoted in Little Girl Lost (1974) by Al DiOrio
  • Liza Minelli said she can't sing well enough those "special songs" of her late mother, Judy Garland, so she doesn't sing them at all. The award-winning entertainer said she'd "rather present a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of Mama."
    • As paraphrased and quoted in "News Spotlight," The Kingsport Daily News (December 11, 1974), p. 9
  • I couldn't sing Mama's special songs. I couldn't do them as well. I would rather present a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of Mama.
  • I don't sing them because I couldn't sing them as well as she did. I'd rather be a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of anybody.
  • I'm carrying on a tradition. But I'd rather be a first-rate version of myself than a second-rate version of somebody else. I'm proud of my parents, and the only way that I can prove it to them is to take what they gave me and work my head off.
    • Liza Minelli, as quoted in "The Return of Liza" by Wilmer Ames, in The Bend Bulletin Family Weekly (November 1, 1981), p. 8
  • It really scared me to do what Mom did because I never did anything that she did. I promised her that I would never sing her songs, and I kept my promise. "You sing them better than anybody. I don't want to be a second-rate example of you. I want to be a first-rate example of myself."
  • My mother once told me never be a second-rate version of somebody else when you can be a first-rate version of yourself.
  • My mom was a phoenix who always expected to rise again from the ashes of her latest disaster. And in spite of her self-doubts, she had a very strong sense of who she was. She had a sense of self-worth. She loved being Judy Garland. Did she secretly long to be Frances Gumm? Somebody, Minnesota housewife? Are you kidding? She'd have run off with a vaudeville troupe just the way my grandfather did.
    • Lorna Luft, in Me and My Shadows : A Family Memoir (1999), p. 222
    • Also paraphrased as: "My mother was a phoenix who always expected to rise from the ashes of her latest disaster. She loved being Judy Garland."

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