The book Judy Garland meant to write

"Judy Garland on Judy Garland"
"Judy Garland on Judy Garland"
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Judy Garland never wrote an autobiography, but she did give a lot of interviews. She said she planned to write a book about her life someday, but that day never arrived. She died at 47.

Instead, editor Randy L. Schmidt has collected her interviews and other accounts to put together a portrait of the Minnesota-born star in her own words.

From the Chicago Review Press:

Judy Garland on Judy Garland is the closest we will likely come to experiencing and exploring the legend's abandoned autobiography. Collecting and presenting the most important Garland interviews and encounters that took place between 1935 and 1969, this work opens with her first radio appearance under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and concludes with her last known interview, one taped for Radio Denmark just months before her death. What makes this collection unique and distinguishes it from the plethora of Garland biographies is that it places Judy in the role of storyteller.

Schmidt joins us to talk about the book and its fascinating subject.

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