Movie and screen, Judy Garland had big, beautiful eyes and one of the most iconic singing voices in Hollywood history. She was a Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and Esther in “A Star Born”; The singer “The Man That Got Away” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Behind the scenes, however, Garland was somewhere above the cuckoo nest.
The actor, who died from drug overdose on June 22, 1969, is only 47 years of age, who is the subject of a new film called “Judy,” which meets theaters in September 27. a film by Renée Zellweger, Garland's final week of a series of prestigious concerts in London. But years before she suddenly became obsolete, she was already involved in drugs, alcoholic, sexual and suicidal.
Stevie Phillips, who started as secretary at Freddie Fields Associates based in New York, worked her way up to become a Garland manager from 1961 to 1964, accompanied by the singer for her cross-country concert tours and looking at her unusual behavior on the way.
There were Caribbean holidays where Garland was almost sacred for the pony islanders in the Bahamas with “Over the Rainbow” from their hotel balcony. The time in which she broke the mirror on her makeup composition and use the shards to slice up her face. And another time she was afraid of going out in her house, except when the paramedics were too close out of the hospital, “Scan how you deal with the other side of the beef!”
Towards the end of the journey, Garland grabbed her manager on a generous basis, and then blew back into the wings when he came out. Garland's life was a roller, and Phillips was screaming in the front car.
“Although the concerts were always great, what happened before and after,” Phillips wrote in 2015, “Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me” (St Martin's Press) ). “Sometimes it was terrible, and a few times almost tragic.”
There was almost one fatal disaster for both women.
Garland was making a two-week strip in the Sahara hotel in Las Vegas in 1962 and although his reputation deteriorated, the hotel nevertheless set her up in the delightful series of houses.
After a regular 10 p.m. show, the buzz star Phillips Phillips pulled out for a night in the town which usually ended with an intestine and eggs at about 8 am or that she kept her manager awake fatigue in the hotel room playing rummy until the “20 or 30 pills ”She took over an hour and fell asleep.
One game night, and the garland approaching retirement in her bedroom, she took a few steps and ran out suddenly, falling forward at the corner of the glass coffee table.
The brutal barn cut his lip; The table went through her nostril, grazing her right eyes and hit her face. As she needed it, blood was pooled at her head, mounting the carpet. Phillips was shocked and feared the worst.
“I went to panic to find out if she was breathing, too scared to move or even touch her,” she wrote. “However, I tried to take her pulse. I was very worried. I could not detect anything. I had no idea whether she was dead or alive. ”
She frightened her, called Sahara's entertainment director Stan Irwin, who was an expert in the destructive ways of addictive performers. Irwin quickly arrived with a doctor, who told the couple that only Garland was asleep, so much so reassured by the medications that the pain did not woke up. He put her to bed and removed all the pills from the room.
A press statement was drafted seeking her absences at the emerging “voice-block” stage, and it was agreed to show a week of 2:30 a.m. when it was recovered. All of this was settled and unconscious.
When Garland arrived a few hours later, the Strike shook.
“Look at me!” She said to Phillips, who offered her some ice packs. “F-k the ice packs. Where is my medicine? I need my pills, and I want them now! Where did you hide f-k? ”
Phillips argued that the doctor who dealt with Garland had thrown the pills, but the singer did not believe it irate. She walked into the kitchen, she caught a big knife and she spent as a manager. “Did I relax? I don't know, ”says Phillips. “She was a raving star at that point.”
Phillips, a 20-year-old spy and his spy, ran out of the series and put herself in the hotel's own room, falling asleep for an hour.
Later, she got a call from her manager, the agent David Begelman, who had a relationship with Garland. He told her that the singer was very sad and that she wanted to make a call to apologize. Why change the heart? Begelman had arranged for a doctor to cancel all the coins that Garland canceled.
Her life is just under threat, Phillips wanted to quit. But “an hour and a $ 200 rise later, I agreed to chat,” she wrote.
When Garland was not focused on a knife by her manager, she was damaging herself to her attention.
In 1963, during a touring stop at Boston, Phillips and Garland were staying at the Ritz-Carlton hotel overlooking Boston Wood. In general, the singer prefers to go into a fitting of her shows in the dressing room in the venue. But on this night, she asked her to make a change in her hotel room.
When Phillips came to help him, Garland split his hand suddenly.
“The minute was even harder when she made the cut, she was looking at me and smiling,” Phillips said.
The Phillips shake was wearing a brand new suit that she showed, made from a light-stained collis, but by the end of a fake episode, it was so red with ruby slippers.
The manager believes that many Garland suicide attempts were engineered to give her men attention – in this case, Begelman, her friendly agent and her lover. Begelman rushed into the room the other door when he was waiting and he called a doctor promptly.
“He got there so quickly, he pointed out that Judy had put him down the stairs in the bar in advance for his own inadvertent purpose,” Phillips said.
But despite the fact that bed was shared with Garland sometimes, Begelman was all business. He ordered Phillips to put dash on the store and buy many bracelets to hide the bandits of the performer. Garland, who had just tried to kill herself, would go on stage that night as planned.
“She did a great show, no one could be suspicious that she wasn't at the top of her form,” Phillips said.
Although they were as dramatic as ever, Garland and Phillips closed. One time, almost too close.
During a car journey, the manager claims that she had nearly #MeToo's minute – held by the performer.
“His hand started a journey from my generation, where she put it when the car moved to the crotch,” she said. “Did not move inadvertently. Judy did nothing inadvertently. ”
Phillips, who was married and just, completely frozen, without speaking. Garland was now fully involved with his manager's private.
“The idea was that you would be in close contact with Judy my heart. I wanted to refuse it, ”Phillips said. “Will I lose my job if I take my hand out? Will I convict her. ”
While breathing, she grabbed Garland's hand, put her in the hurdles of the singers and smiled at her.
Garland moved on because nothing dissatisfied.
When Garland died in 1969, Phillips lived in one place from Frank E. Campbell's Funeral Home in Manhattan, where the last hurray of the star was held. She didn't attend.
“I couldn't do myself,” said Phillips. “I crossed Fifth Avenue at one point and I looked at the line from a bench just outside Central Park and I thought about the same things I was surprised about in the past – when I was watching her playing.
“How would this audience feel if I knew what I knew?” T
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