Yellow Brick Road

The piece pays tribute to Judy Garland with emphasis on her two most popular associations; The Wizard of Oz as well as her addiction to barbiturates. Judy Garland’s biography had interested me slightly more than that of Marilyn Monroe for a number of reasons; For one, the classical film star had quickly acquired a name for herself along with an image of a young and naive Dorothy starring in the 1939 children's film, Wizard of Oz. Secondly, the contrast to this had been the various professional pressures she faced, which, ultimately led Garland to overdose on drugs at the age of 47 after a lifelong addiction. My fascination with this particular subject is a sympathetic one, paying tribute to the late Judy Garland for coping with such an unfortunate confluence of events, even if it were through means of drugs and alcohol.

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