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Gerold Frank
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Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (May 7, 1999)
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Gerold Frank was an American author and ghostwriter. He wrote several celebrity memoirs and was considered a pioneer of the "as told to" form of (auto)biography. His two best-known books, however, are The Boston Strangler (1966), which was adapted as the 1968 movie starring Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda, and An American Death (1972), about the assassination of Martin Luther King. Books by Gerold Frank. Mor. rivia About Judy.

Gerold Frank (August 2, 1907 – September 17, 1998) was an American author and ghostwriter.

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Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress, singer and dancer. During a career that spanned 45 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage.

Gerold Frank was the bestselling author of The Deed, The Boston Strangler, and An American Death. He collaborated with Lillian Roth, Diana Barrymore, Sheilah Graham, and Zsa Zsa Gabor on their memoirs. Shipping: FREE Within .

by. Frank, Gerold, 1907-1998. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Sanderia on February 5, 2010. He wrote a biography of Judy Garland entitled Judy (1975), considered by many to be the definitive book on Garland, and co-wrote Zsa Zsa Gabor's autobiography Zsa Zsa Gabor: My Story (1960).

Based on over 200 interviews and full access to her personal papers, letters, contracts, and photos, as well as the complete cooperation of her children, husbands, relatives, doctors, fellow actors, and directors, this biography explores with candor and empathy the tempestuous, theatrical life of Judy Garland (1922-1969). Here, in all her glory and turmoil, is the singer-actress whose performances in films like The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star Is Born, and on concert tours enthralled audiences, a woman whose brazen and tender voice continues to captivate listeners decades after her death at age forty-seven.
  • Bluecliff
Some of the "facts" of Judy Garland's life are unclear. Such as: Can MGM be blamed for her addiction to drugs? Was she to blame for failed relations with husbands and lovers? Who was responsible for her soured relationship with her mother?

In "Judy", written in the 1970s much closer to Garland's death, Gerold Frank attempts to explore these and other issues as objectively as possible, leaning heavily on interviews with people who agreed to talk with him, friends, family, co-workers. This is not a black and white view of its subject. You don't come away feeling that all loose ends have been tied up and that you know precisely who and what Judy Garland was. However, you do feel that Frank made a real effort to present Judy as honestly and accurately as possible, given that she was not available for a biographical interview.
  • Ttyr
If you are a fan of Judy Garland, as I am, you already know a lot about her life. There were new tidbits to me and the recounting of old incidents. As with most biographies of Judy the author sets the tone of our view. This one is more impartial but gives us moments of Judy that show her struggle with her insecurities and her rather famous use of prescription drugs.
I recommend it for a true fan and anyone who is just just interested in a look at the troubled life of a true legend.
  • Goltikree
This is an "early" review since I haven't finished this very long book yet, but I will say that I don't like very long books (I find them daunting and time-consuming) but this one is good and holds your interest despite its detail and depth. However, I know that it leaves out certain parts already about her early life. For example, various sources (such as Marcella Rabwin, who is featured in the book prominently, and a family friend of Garland for many years) said on the E! True Hollywood Story TV program, that Judy and her sisters, mother, and father left Grand Rapids because Judy's father, Frank, had an affair with "a young man" and in those days that was "scandalous" and they "had to" move away. This story is nowhere in the book. This book also supposedly had the cooperation and the blessing of Liza and Lorna (not sure about Joe), Judy's children, so you know that despite the book's detail and depth, it's going to be "safe" with nothing too controversial that the children didn't want published. That's too bad, because for a biography to be truly inspirational (let alone just plain "accurate"), you have to include the skeletons in the closet (sorry for the pun, there, Frank). I haven't read Gerald Clarke's "Get Happy", which might include more scandalous stories. It's funny how there are 2 major Judy biographies that are very very long with authors named "Gerald"; easy to confuse the two, as I did at first. What a remarkable life; what a remarkable book. I still recommend book this highly, for Judy fans and also because I recommend biographies in general as a way for people to put their troubles in perspective, to gain inspiration from people we all "know", and as a parable to learn what to do, and not to do, to be happy in life. This would also be a great "primer" for young people to understand the history of Hollywood, or if you want a case study of a great American if you're patriotic, a great woman if you're a feminist, an unfortunate addict if you have an interest in drug and alcohol abuse issues, and a great musician/actress if you're an artist.
  • Malarad
Judy Garland was a gifted person who was mistreated and used as a child. Unfortunately she was deeply disturbed by drugs and alcohol I hope her children remember her good qualities and forgive her faults.
  • Ishnllador
The story of Judy Garland's life will take readers far beyond her rainbow, exploring the many dimensions of her personality and life. So complex, yet honest and simple, Judy's life touched the hearts of millions. A must read for any serious fan of this incredibly talented woman.
  • Rainbearer
Have always wondered about Judy Garland's life, seeing as how it ended too soon, and she seemed to have so much to live for: great voice, adoring fans, 3 children. This sheds a whole new light on what you think you know about Judy Garland. I was captivated, astonished and so very sad for her and especially her children. Not just that she died but also for the way she lived.
  • Error parents
anyone interested in the tragic life of judy should read this book. there have been other reviews which led me to order it used. (hardcover in good condition, despite its years.
this, therefore, is not a review. the following is an INDICTMENT!

it is an indictment against mgm, known as metro. its czar, louis b. mayer----today---- would be indicted for providing drugs (uppers and downers) to judy. he, I am sure, despite his vast wealth, power, would have been convicted and jailed for life! judy was provided with barbituates to lose weight for oz--- also to work her 14 hours a day. in order for her to wind down for sleep, avuncular louis, saw to it that she was given downers---those little ruby-red pills---invented in germany in 1938. of course, this was all done through metro-approved doctors. as one reads about her early childhood life, the reader sees judy developing a very low self esteem---which later complicated her adult life, along with the addict she became, complements of metro. of course, too, it's academic whether this brilliant rising star would have turned to drugs on her own, without the assistance of uncle louis.
footnote: a garland movie will never be made. (unless a courageous producer such as ridley scott does.) it won't be made because it would have to tell the truth about her introduction to drugs (as a child performer)---and that would be distasteful to todays hollywood moguls---especially at to those at mgm.
it is understandable why the author refrained from concluding that the actions of mgm were criminal.
In my opinion the best book ever written about Judy Garland. I have read it 2 times. Well written and full of get facts about who Judy Garland was.