Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Moment: The Judy Garland Christmas Special (1963)

Hello, everyone! This is Marc Willow.

Welcome to another Monday Moment! 

Today is not gonna be a text post, still I'm very proud of this one.

Judy Garland
Cover of Judy Garland
Here's the Judy Garland Christmas Special, aired by CBS on December 6th 1963. For those of you, who don't know, I will provide you with  a little side information.
Judy Garland, best known for her role as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), found herself eith huge financial problems in the beginning of the 1960s, because she failed to pay taxes in the years of 1952 and 1953. When CBS approached her to do a weekly show titled "The Judy Garland Show" she saw this as an opportunity to pull herself out of this financial crisis and she agreed to do it. (In the 50s she had been very clear about never wanting to do a weekly television show, so the fact that she agreed doing that really highlights her precarious situation).

The Judy Garland Show
The Judy Garland Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On December 6th 1963 CBS aired the Christmas Special episode featuring her children Liza Minelli (yes, she is actually her daughter!) and Lorna and Joey Luft (her children emerged from her second marriage) along with many other guest stars. 

The show (in black and white) has so much Old Hollywood charme, it is so lovely to watch this! 
I suggest you take yourself an hour off, snuggle up with your blanket and cuddle with dog/pillow (since we are forever alone) and enjoy this little gem.
What a joy to watch! 
Happy holidays!




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