Judy the artist, Judy the icon, Judy the obsession: Trying to tell them apart can seem an uphill struggle. The eternal little girl who was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922 would have been 76 this year, and the obsession is in fuller bloom than ever. A biopic is in the works (from Steven Spielberg, no less), and there is a new flowering of CD reissues, some with video or CD-ROM appendages. The hagiography she summons up, even when ludicrous, is creepier than the Haunted Forest of Oz: The 100-page booklet accompanying the 32 Records box includes a hilariously lamebrained essay by Camille Paglia on "Judy Garland as a Force of Nature." Opening line: "Divas are the tornadoes of the... More >>>
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In Babes on Broadway: Even here Judy can find a reserve of dignity, and not be brought down.