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Over the Rainbow

During the Great Depression and WWII, the American people flooded to the cinema. For a few hours, a movie could take them away from their troubles, transporting them some place enchanted, where there was no economic depression or war. Love, endurance, and goodness always triumphed. 1938 saw the production of the Technicolor musical The Wizard of Oz. Home, love, and overcoming adversities were a few of the overarching themes. The magical adventure of Dorothy Gale and her friends fighting against The Wicked Witch and searching for their heart’s desires struck a chord with audiences. The songs in the movie are memorable, but one stands out from all the others. And eighty years later, the song “Over the Rainbow” continues to touch lives.

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Judy Garland

JAN / FEB 2016: BY VERONICA LEIGH

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Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of somebody else!” – Judy Garland

We all have an idea of who Judy Garland was. For some, she is the girl wearing a blue gingham dress who skipped her way down the Yellow Brick Road in ruby slippers. For others, she is the queen of the musicals in old Hollywood. Still more remember her as the one who brought back vaudeville in the 1950’s and had one-woman shows that became her bread and butter. Alas, it is her problems with substance abuse, multiple marriages and erratic behavior that most remember her by. We tend to forget Judy the person, who wanted nothing more than to love and be loved. Continue reading