What an extraordinary woman.
She died before I was born, but having had the chance to watch Judy, it kind of piqued my curiosity about her. So I ended up watching the Showtime documentary "Sid and Judy," and started reading about her, too.
Judy was a homely, chubby, "flyover," with a domineering stage mom, and a bisexual father.
I'm guessing that she was probably molested (or more) by Louis B. Mayer, as well.
Fed a steady diet of amphetamines and "Bennies," she still managed to (mostly) function in Hollywood.
But most of all, her extraordinary talent made her a living legend. And she still managed to perform through the fog of alcohol and pills.
She seemed to be a very complicated woman, and her rage and frustration really manifested itself, towards the end of her life. She finally got sick and tired of everyone trying to control her.
Zellwegger's performance was good, yet it seemed to be more of an imitation of Judy, rather than capturing her essence. The real Judy had so many sides to her. Strong, funny, compassionate and talented, yet moody, vulnerable and depressed. Just watching her interviews, you could see such a range of emotions.
Her story is one for the ages.