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The film, which will simply be called Judy, will cover the winter of 1968 when Judy Garland visited London to perform a series of sold-out concerts over five weeks at the Talk of the Town. They would be Judy’s final concerts, because she tragically died of an overdose at age 47, in June 1969 — 30 years after she rose to world-wide fame in The Wizard of Oz.
At the time, she had just been fired from the film The Valley of the Dolls, having missed rehearsals and been replaced by Susan Haywood. There were serious doubts about whether she was well enough and dedicated enough to perform in the concerts — although, thankfully, they were a big success.
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According to the release from the film company, this was a time when Judy was "fragile" and "exhausted" as well as "haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood," after a grueling career that started at the tender age of two. It will also cover the period when she fell in love with her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, and will feature hits including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Renée Zellweger, who you’ll know as Bridget Jones, but also showed Judy-esque song and dance skills in Chicago, is 48, making her one year older than Judy was when she died.
We’ve always had a soft spot for Judy — after all, her checked dress and red shoes were a formative part of our childhoods — and we hope Renée will bring the same warmth and vulnerability to the role.
We’ve got high hopes for the film, which has been written by Tom Edge, who not only wrote The Crown, but also the brilliant British crime drama, Comoran Strike series. Filming has now started.
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