When teen stars turn serious
Ten young actors come of age on the silver screen
Made her name with:
‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939), in which the 16-year-old Frances Ethel Gumm – her real name – wooed a nation (and somehow invented homosexuality) as Kansas pre-teen Dorothy Gale, swept off by a tornado into a colourful land of japes and jollity.
Got serious with:
‘Judgment at Nuremberg’ (1961). Amazingly, it had taken Garland 22 years to finally stake her claim as a ‘proper’ actress: two long decades of increasingly idiotic musicals and family romps, all of which served to mask the yawning depression and prescription-pill addiction she worked hard to hide.
How did it pan out?
Not great. Despite an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg’, Garland only made three more big screen appearances, all in lighthearted fare. She died in 1969 of a barbiturate overdose.
Judy Garland films
Celluloid alchemy of the highest order. Kids will continue to love this movie, but perhaps only adults really get it.
Minnelli’s panoramic city symphony offers a sweetly ironic depiction of Middle American conservatism.
There are no surprises in the direction, but there's enough conviction to reward a patient spectator.