||That was a law as old as Hollywood. Judy knew it-it was, after all, the theme of A Star Is Born-and so did everyone else. But how could she have guessed that she herself was destined to stumble? Or that, through a cruel and unsparing irony, her own spectacular decline would be matched, headline for headline, by the no less stunning ascent of her own daughter? For that was, indeed, what happened. "Liza's a Girl Riding a Whirlwind," declared one admiring paper, and while the folks on Rockingham Avenue were scrounging for dollars to buy chili, a fresh, slim Liza was pictured on the front page of the New York Daily News, cavorting on a Riviera beach as she prepared to wow an audience in Paris.
||For every star that rises, another must fall.
||According to author Gerald Clarke, Judy Garland recorded her memories on cassette and began to write a manuscript for an autobiography shortly before her death. Drawing on these materials and on numerous interviews with those who knew Garland, Clarke relates her story, beginning with her troubled childhood, when she suffered the death of her beloved father. He recreates her early days at MGM and suggests that several celebrities--including movie mogul Louis B. Mayer and actress Lana Turner--tried to take the advantage of the naive starlet. By illuminating these and other unpleasant events in Garland's personal and business worlds, Clarke renders a sympathetic portrait of the Hollywood icon.
||An entertainer of almost magical power, Judy Garland was also the woman of a hundred heartbreaks. Yet much of what has been written about her is either inaccurate or incomplete. Enter GET HAPPY, the New York Times bestselling biography that will endure as long as its subject's renown, written by the acclaimed author of CAPOTE.