Get Happy by Gerald Clarke
The Life of Judy Garland

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She lived at full throttle on stage, screen, and in real life, with highs that made history and lows that finally brought down the curtain at age forty-seven. Judy Garland died over thirty years ago, but no biography has so completely captured her spirit -- and demons -- until now.

From her tumultuous early years as a child performer to her tragic last days, Gerald Clarke reveals the authentic Judy in a biography rich in new detail and unprecedented revelations. Based on hundreds of interviews and drawing on her own unfinished -- and unpublished -- autobiography, Get Happy presents the real Judy Garland in all her flawed glory.

With the same skill, style, and storytelling flair that made his bestselling Capote a landmark literary biography, Gerald Clarke sorts through the secrets and the scandals, the legends and the lies, to create a portrait of Judy Garland as candid as it is compassionate.

Here are her early years, during which her parents sowed the seeds of heartbreak and self-destruction that would plague her for decades ... the golden age of Hollywood, brought into sharp focus with cinematic urgency, from the hidden private lives of the movie world's biggest stars to the cold-eyed businessmen who controlled the machine ... and a parade of brilliant and gifted men -- lovers and artists, impresarios and crooks -- who helped her reach so many creative pinnacles yet left her hopeless and alone after each seemingly inevitable fall.

Here, then, is Judy Garland in all her magic and despair: the woman, the star, the legend, in a riveting saga of tragedy, resurrection, and genius.


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About Gerald Clarke

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Gerald Clarke is the author of Capote, the much acclaimed, bestselling biography of Truman Capote. He has also written for many magazines, including Esquire, Architectural Digest, and Time, where for many years he was a senior writer. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Yale, he now lives in Bridgehampton, in eastern Long Island, New York.
 
Published November 11, 2009 by Delta. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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By portraying Garland as a multifaceted individual rather than MGM pawn or sad pill popper, Clarke separates Judy the person from Judy the icon.

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Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland Gerald Clarke 510pp, Little, Brown £20 Buy it at BOL In his new biography of Judy Garland, Gerald Clarke quotes his subject complaining about the sex appeal of her co-stars.

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Get Happy: the life of Judy Garland Gerald Clarke LIttle Brown £20, pp528 Buy it at BOL Judy Garland is remembered now for her end and her beginning.

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Entertainment Weekly

that pointedly excluded her.'' ''Get Happy'' peters out a bit after Judy and the readers see the last of Vincente -- it's by far the meatiest, best-reported section of the book, as much a comprehensive look at the sexual and marital mores of 1940s Hollywood as a look at the Garland-Minnelli m...

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Clarke's masterly biography draws on extensive interviews and Garland's unpublished memoirs to recount a life as woeful as Job's.

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