Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Read in Vogue similar ironic relations

Reading an article based on Judy Garland and how her singing moved Susie Boyt (Susie wrote a book called My Judy Garland Life), I went to the internet to research more about Judy Garland.

Her real name was Frances Ethel Gumm, Wikipedia says on her changing her name: "In 1934, the sisters, who by then had been touring the vaudeville circuit as "The Gumm Sisters" for many years, performed in Chicago at the Oriental Theater with George Jessel. He encouraged the group to choose a more appealing name after the name "Gumm" was met with laughter from the audience. "The Garland Sisters" was chosen, and Frances changed her name to "Judy" soon after, inspired by a popular Hoagy Carmichael song."

Wikipedia also includes this about her early years, "Named after both her parents and baptized at a local Episcopal church, "Baby" (as Frances was affectionately called) shared the family's flair for song and dance."

Funny how in the movie Dirty Dancing, Jennifer Grey was cast as a girl named Frances and in the film she is called Baby. Remember the line, "No one puts Baby in the corner." Just made me think about this relation to Judy Garland. Random I know but made me think. I wonder if the screen writer of Dirty Dancing knew this about Judy Garland??

Ironically I am listening to Martina McBride sing Somewhere over the Rainbow right now.

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