Did Judy Garland have her mom killed?
Caught her bit part while watching "Pigskin Parade" early this morning/late last night and wound up looking at her wikipedia entry and saw this...
"Garland's personal and professional achievements during this time were marred by the actions of her mother, Ethel. In May 1952, at the height of Garland's comeback, Ethel was featured in a Los Angeles Mirror story in which she revealed that while Garland was making a small fortune at the Palace, Ethel was working a desk job at Douglas Aircraft Company for $61 a week. Garland and Ethel had been estranged for years, with Garland characterizing her mother as "no good for anything except to create chaos and fear" and accusing her of mismanaging and misappropriating Garland's salary from the earliest days of her career. Garland's sister Virginia denied this, stating "Mama never took a dime from Judy." On January 5, 1953, Ethel was found dead in the Douglas Aircraft parking lot."
Was the mom found dead of MURDER or suicide or just dropped dead or what?
|by Anonymous||reply 78||10/05/2014|
She had a fatal heart attack. I've always felt she was scapegoated. The psychiatry of the time pinned blame for most problems on the patients' mothers. Judy herself said psychiatry really screwed her up. She started going early on at the urging of Joe Mankiewicz, who had her starry-eyed.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/04/2010|
It's not as if Judy could have not had Ethel killed, rather she felt 61$ a week at DAC was punishment enough. Judy (with a pencil and a phone) could get anything accomplished.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||12/04/2010|
except getting clean, sober & stable Garland must be the world's most praised suicidal/homicidal oversexed nutjob.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||12/04/2010|
Well if she had a fatal heart attack why didn't it say that in wikipedia.
Just a strange way to write an entry.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||12/04/2010|
Suzy did it with an orbitoclast.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||12/04/2010|
[quote] Ethel then died in January 1953 of a heart attack, leaving Judy devastated and guilty about not reconciling with her mother before her untimely demise.
There is more information available than provided at Wiki, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||12/04/2010|
She died of a heart attack. No murder. %0D %0D Judy Garland had a good relationship with her mother...until she started psychoanalysis. After that, she got it into her head that her mother was responsible for ALL of her problems. Well, her and Louis Mayer/MGM. And later on, Sid Luft. Garland herself created the myth of Judy Garland, the ultimate, blameless victim. %0D %0D When she first starting having financial difficulties she said it was her mother's fault; Ethel had squandered all the money her poor, hard-working daughter had made through blood, sweat and tears. Actually when Ethel was in charge of her finances she was conservative and prudent with her daughter's money. It wasn't until Judy came of age and got control of her funds that her money drained away. After severing ties with Ethel, Judy blamed Sid Luft for her financial woes. When Garland died she was $4 million dollars in debt. She was married to Mickey Deans at the time. I wonder if she blamed HIM for the financial hole she'd dug for herself.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||12/04/2010|
Jesus, does that mean Liza and Lorna were responsible for their mother's debts and had to pay them off?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||12/04/2010|
[quote] Despite numerous concert and television appearances in the 1960s, Garland remained constantly in debt. This was due in part to then-manager David Begelman embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients, with Garland chief among them. Begelman even went so far as to claim a Cadilac, presented to Garland for an appearance on "The Jack Paar Program" (1962) as his own. [quote] She experienced financial difficulties in the 1960s due to her overspending, periods of unemployment, owing of back taxes and embezzlement of funds by her business manager. [quote] Judy lost millions of dollars due to her husband's strong gambling addiction. Tip of the iceberg...
|by Anonymous||reply 10||12/04/2010|
Hmmm...Judy's older sister, Suzy, died a drug-addicted "suicide" in 1964...
|by Anonymous||reply 11||12/04/2010|
[quote] My mother had a marvelous talent for mishandling money - mine. When I was put under stock contract at Metro and had a steady income for the first time, we lived in a four-unit apartment building. I suggested to Mother that we buy it as an investment and rent the other three apartments. She hit me in the mouth and invested the money in a nickel mine in Needles, California, that has never been found. We never got a nickel back.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/04/2010|
Judy Garland had many people killed: Carole Lombard, FDR, Mussolini, Carole Landis, Virginia Woolf... you did NOT want to piss her off.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||12/04/2010|
I told you she was hardcore!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||12/04/2010|
You make a mockery of me [r11]. I am so embarrassed!
|by Anonymous||reply 15||12/04/2010|
An example of what Judy could do with a phone and a pencil at link.
Gerold Frank tells it better.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||12/04/2010|
"Garland must be the world's most praised suicidal/homicidal oversexed nutjob."%0D %0D No, Marilyn Monroe is the world's most praised suicial/homicidal oversexed nutjob.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||12/04/2010|
[quote]No, Marilyn Monroe is the world's most praised suicial/homicidal oversexed nutjob.%0D %0D No, that would be Dawson.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||12/04/2010|
Judy could barely get herself out of bed and to work on time. Staging a murder and getting away with it would have been her equivalent of grocery shopping - impossible.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||12/04/2010|
Judy could motivate when it came to getting to the grocery, [r19], I assure you.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||12/04/2010|
Marilyn was many things, but she wasn't homicidal. Just stop it.
Judy was hardly oversexed. She was just typically loose when stoned.
Dawson is not a nutjob. Dawson gives nutjobs.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||12/04/2010|
Ok did they kill the mom and sister as a warning to her about her debts?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||12/04/2010|
What become of her new straw hat that should have come to me? Somebody pinched it; and what I say is, them as pinched it done her in.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||12/04/2010|
I heard Judy Garland's mother was horrible and she hen pecked Judy Garland%E2%80%99s gay father who she just adored. Even Lorna Luft's movie shows Judy being manipulated and mistreated by her mother.
Also, Natalie Wood's mother was considered the devil incarnate. I think Susie Lee said Natalie's mother was plain evil. However the queen of evil mother's was Margaret O%E2%80%99Brien%E2%80%99s stage mother.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||12/04/2010|
As Ethel hit the pavement, Judy was heard shouting, "It was mine. The medal was mine!"
|by Anonymous||reply 25||12/04/2010|
here's google archive on judy's mom. interesting stuff
|by Anonymous||reply 26||12/04/2010|
R24 Lorna never knew Judy's mother. Lorna's just adhering to the John Fricke-led gay mafia spin on Garland's life because that's where the money and ratings are.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||12/04/2010|
Lorna authors her book sounding like she is six years old.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||12/05/2010|
She poisoned her with Cream...of H-Wheat!
|by Anonymous||reply 30||12/05/2010|
yes r9 Liza paid off all her mom's debts.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||12/05/2010|
So one sister also died of drugs, didnt she have another sister also?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||12/05/2010|
R17, Judy's promiscuity is partially hidden because she slept with many more women than Marilyn did.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||12/05/2010|
Judy's other sister (name escapes me) moved to Texas and died of natural causes in the 1980s or early 1990s. She was married with kids and apparently normal. Lorna writes about visiting her in her book. They were at some club or something and Judy's sister, then an elderly woman, got up and sang and Lorna wrote that she got chills because it was like hearing her mother. %0D %0D Liza did pay off Judy's debts, to the tune of 2 or 3 million dollars after her mom died. Remember, in the early 1970s 2-3 mil was a king's ransom, worth much more than it is now. Liza was under no legal obligation to do it (children are not required by law to pay their parents' debts and back taxes) but she did it to honor her mother's memory. I've always admired Liza for that. A lot of people would have said "fuck it" and never repaid old debts they were not responsible for when the original party was dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||12/05/2010|
Run, Judy, Run!! %0D %0D The cops are on to you!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||12/05/2010|
[quote]except getting clean, sober & stable%0D %0D Garland must be the world's most praised suicidal/homicidal oversexed nutjob.%0D %0D LOL!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||12/05/2010|
R34, that's Gimmy (Virginia). The other one - Suzy - was a bi-polar, drug addicted psycho like Judy.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||12/05/2010|
[quote]Well if she had a fatal heart attack why didn't it say that in wikipedia. Just a strange way to write an entry.
Because, dear one, Wikipedia is written by a few thousand self-proclaimed experts who are nothing of the sort.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||12/05/2010|
Another Hollywood death, another Hollywood cover-up...
|by Anonymous||reply 40||12/05/2010|
R34, that is interesting about her older sister. Would be cool if there was a pic of her, then we could get a idea of what Judy would've looked like had she survived.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||12/05/2010|
Gay rights are women's rights. Stop the violence against women on DataLounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||12/05/2010|
Use of the word "frau" is rampant all over DL, and it is meant to abuse, belittle, objectify, mock, disempower, threaten, and demonize women. Your contempt for women is killing queer teens.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||12/13/2010|
Are you for real ya cunt?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||12/13/2010|
It wasn't such a bad salary. I made $70 a week in 1973.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||11/20/2012|
R45- read "Judy" by Gerold Frank. I think Frank had complete cooperation from family members.
Another interesting one, but a bit lurid, is the bio by David Shipman, "Judy Garland: The Secret life of an American Legend." This one really focuses on her downward spiral into drugs. I think the most balanced biography is "Rainbow" by Christopher Finch.
I thought Anne Edwards "Judy Garland" was the weakest.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||11/20/2012|
She had JFK killed too because he stopped taking her calls. Murderous woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||11/20/2012|
Read Lorna's book.
When you think about it, Garland basically lived Gypsy. She'd have been a perfect Rose.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||11/20/2012|
I just found a really nice article from last year about Tommy Femia, who made a career out of playing Judy. If you haven't had a chance to see him perform, make a point to. He tours all over the place.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||11/20/2012|
Judy's mom was the epitome of a stage mother. I'm sure there was a lot of resentment.
That's why Judy tried her best to give the kids a normal life. Liza said on the ACTORS STUDIO that Judy could always find humor in the worst situations, and had a way of making the most depressing experiences a blast.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||11/20/2012|
Judy was signed by MGM in 1935 at $100 a week. Of that money, Judy was forced to pay her mother Ethel $25 a week. This was a common arrangement for minors, which of course was at no additional cost to the studio. This continued up until Judy was no longer a minor, either at 18 years of age, but I believe it continued until 1943 when Judy turned 21 years old. The amount went up slightly over time I believe.
Ethel and Frank Gumm didn't have a serious income ever really, and they lived on the road from the time they left Minnesota. They really didn't live anywhere for a whole year very often. I imagine Judy's MGM income was what supported the whole family at least in a major part. I have read many times over that Ethel did mismanage Judy's money. Sid Luft was a gambling addict, and David Begelman did steal from Judy during the greatest earning years of her career. Certainly Judy wasn't skilled at many tasks of daily living, but she was a life-long victim as far as other people stealing from her.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||11/20/2012|
OP/R5 expects better editing and documentation and more complete information from her Wikipedia posts!!!!!!!!!!!! Get on it right away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 52||11/20/2012|
"I heard Judy Garland's mother was horrible and she hen pecked Judy Garland’s gay father who she just adored. Even Lorna Luft's movie shows Judy being manipulated and mistreated by her mother"
Lorna Luft never knew Ethel Gumm. When she was born, Judy refused to let Ethel see her grandchild. All Lorna Luft knew was what Judy told her and Judy was an incredible liar. Even Liza and Lorna admit that she frequently embellished the truth in order to tell a good story. That story she liked to tell about Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr pushing her back as they were skipping down the yellow brick road and the director yelling "you three dirty hams, let that little girl in there!" was fiction.
Judy's depiction of her mother as a monster who abused her, drained her financially, and got her hooked on drugs is not true. Judy LOVED to play the victim.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||11/20/2012|
"That's why Judy tried her best to give the kids a normal life"
Are you kidding? Their lives were far from normal. In order to avoid paying hotel bills she would instruct them to put on as many layers of clothing as they could as they sneaked out of the various hotels they lived in. Supposedly she made it "fun"; pretty dysfunctional fun I'd say. And when she was flat broke there wouldn't even be any food in the house! Lorna, taking care of her mentally-challenged younger brother and her drug addicted mother, eventually had a nervous breakdown when she was barely into her teens. The children of Judy Garland did NOT lead "normal" lives.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||11/20/2012|
[quote]WHET Susie Lee?
She choked to death on a piece of cak that was soaked in graxy, r27. Everyone thought that was so very, very clever that we gave her DL's first annual Helen Lawson Award. Naturally, we'll nominate you next time around.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||11/20/2012|
No. A ridiculous insinuation.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||11/20/2012|
"I have read many times over that Ethel did mismanage Judy's money."
She didn't. But Judy kept saying she did, and a lot of her besotted fans believed her. Gerald Clarke, who wrote "Get Happy", is one of the most smitten Judy queens alive. He believes ALL the stories Judy told about her mother and he lays the blame for Judy drug addiction solely on the shoulders of poor maligned Ethel Gumm. The truth is that while Ethel Gumm was not a perfect mother and had a lot of ambition to make her girls into stars, she was not a monster who shoved pills down her baby daughter's throat and squandered her money.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||11/21/2012|
You Ethel defenders are curious. What do you base your assertions that Ethel was in fact a good mother and handled Judy's money wisely on exactly? Although Judy was prone to exaggeration in her storytelling, doesn't it make sense to believe that where there's smoke, there's fire? Judy certainly wouldn't be the first child star to have her money mismanaged by her parents.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||11/21/2012|
She sounds like every other serious drunk or doper I've ever met--their problems are always somebody else's fault .
|by Anonymous||reply 59||11/21/2012|
"You Ethel defenders are curious. What do you base your assertions that Ethel was in fact a good mother and handled Judy's money wisely on exactly?"
Several well-researched biographies of Garland confirm that her tales of her mother squandering her money were bogus. When Judy got control of her finances was when the trouble began.
None of her biographers have ever said that Ethel Gumm was a "good mother." She wasn't perfect but she was definitely not what Judy made her out to be. Judy Garland blamed everyone else for her troubles: her mother, Louis Mayer, MGM, Sid Luft. NOTHING was ever HER fault.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||11/21/2012|
Bump for more filmland matricide speculation....
|by Anonymous||reply 61||11/27/2012|
It's an odd question, and I think the person posted wasn't kidding.
Ethel Gumm wasn't a barrel of laughs. And she wasn't sophisticated like the folks Judy liked to pal around with. But the stories Judy told about her have never been corroborated. The silliest one, one Judy told often, had Ethel hitting Judy in the mouth. Think about it: if your meal ticket had to sing, would you hit her in the mouth?
Psychiatrists have been blamed for poisoning Judy's mind against her mother, but that is pretty silly as well. Ethel's big crime was insisting that Judy have a curfew at night, as was customary for young daughters, and that she wash the dishes and do household chores, the same as her sisters. Judy would have none of that, and had a home built for them all, with a private entrance for herself.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/30/2013|
Christ on a fucking cracker.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/30/2013|
OK, I'm most likely off all my "facts" but I seem to recall Liza successfully suing The National Lampoon in the early 70's. Something about Toto looking in a toilet bowl.
Does anyone know anything about this, or does it mean I'm off my meds again?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/30/2013|
Judy claimed that Ethel became absolutely neurotic after Liza was born. During Judy's serious mental health crisis in 1948-1949, Judy claimed Ethel told her that she needed electro-shock therapy or a lobotomy.
Ethel was an aging, failed vaudevillian, who settled and seemed to have been trapped in a bad marriage with a gay husband, living to push her reasonably talented daughters into performing, which not one of them seemed to have enjoyed.
In old interviews with people who knew Ethel, there aren't a lot of nice things said about her. Director Joe Mankiewicz seemed to know her well and found her a "real piece of work". She seemed to be an enthusiastic fighter, and alienated many people, including her second husband Will Gilmore, with whom she was having an affair during her first husband's lifetime.
In 1943, due to the chaos she caused for her daughter, she was banned from the MGM lot. By almost every account, Ethel was a true "Mamma Rose "Hovick type, who had few skills other than coaching small children into becoming song and dance performers- usually against their will. She doesn't sound like anyone i'd trust to manage my money. Face it, she gave birth to Judy Garland, she just got lucky.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/30/2013|
Ethel remarried on the anniversary of Frank's death. Judy hated the new husband. Why?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||10/02/2013|
People seem to forget the two REAL reasons Judy came to hate her mother. First, she was the first person to give Judy and her sisters 'pep pills' as they were vaudeville performers to keep them up at night when they were working after hours in niteclubs. Then, to make matters worse, she went along with MGM's idea to forcibly slim Judy down with more pills, even becoming a spy for Mr. Mayer. The ONE event that really ended things was Judy's pregnancy at MGM- not with Liza, but her earlier one during her marriage to David Rose. Judy wanted that kid more than anything, but to her shock the studio suggested an immediate abortion, and Ethel Gumm agreed. Worse yet, David Rose failed to support Judy in this crisis, and so she was forced to abort her child. That event all but ended the Garland-Rose union, and Judy never forgave her mother, more or less cutting her out of her life. Judy famously said that her mother was "the real Wicked Witch of the West"!
|by Anonymous||reply 68||10/02/2013|
Ive read that Judy's parents originally wanted to abort her. This story was confirmed by Marcella Rabwin. Her mother had no issue with telling people, in front of her daughter no less, about all the times she jumped off tables and threw herself down stairs hoping to induce a miscarriage. Growing up knowing you really were not wanted is going to have a devastating effect on anyone.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||10/02/2013|
Judy could not put her stockings on straight, or even notice that Sid Luft gambled her talent away a week at a time, over and over again until millions of dollars and her prestige was gone. The kind of guy who steals your wallet, and then helps you look for it.
Norman Jewison famously said that Judy was worked to death and that he had never seen such mishandling of a great talent. Judy was a mess, a strong willed addict and a huge money maker. People did take advantage. She could not keep a box of cereal in the house for her kids and often threatened to kill her mother. Who doesn't?
She referred to Fields and Begelman, her last big agents as Leopold and Loeb. That is bitter funny. The truth is that almost everyone tried to help her, but had to make a buck off of potential disaster. Disasters are easier to cheat too.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||10/02/2013|
71 responses? But according to another thread I read today, nobody gives a fuck about Judy Garland.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||10/02/2013|
"Norman Jewison famously said that Judy was worked to death and that he had never seen such mishandling of a great talent."
Blah blah blah. She was an adult and should have handled it like the dozens of others at the studio that were hooked on pills. Yes, EVERYONE took them.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||10/02/2013|
I'm thinking about writing a book called ETHEL, WE HARDLY KNEW YE.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||10/02/2013|
The topic of "Did Judy have her mom killed" seems to be forgotten. An absurd question, of course not. A lot of foolishness is said and written about Judy. On one side of the spectrum, there are those- believe it or not- who will say that Judy was quite normal, a wonderful and thoughtful mother, and had a slight problem with "medication." Oh no, not drugs. Medication. Quite different. Phooey. Well, the only difference between Judy and Joan Crawford as mothers was that at least no one would find Crawford facedown choking on vomit every week or two. Otherwise, the similarities are astounding, if you believe Lorna's book. On the other side of the coin, there are those who describe Judy as 100% total victim, controlled by horrible people around her- always men- and she didn't know what she was doing. Equally false. She felt happiest on booze and drugs and had no intention of quitting, even though she made some half-hearted attempts. The notion that she was worked to death by CBS is too silly for words; they could barely make her show up, much less rehearse.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||10/09/2013|
They forgot to mention Judy's mother had a very weak heart and was using nitro pills every other day. Judy jumped up from behind her car with a picture of Liza, from the future, say 1998 and the scare killed her mother.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||10/05/2014|
[quote] She felt happiest on booze and drugs and had no intention of quitting, even though she made some half-hearted attempts.
No addict is happy about not being able to quit or the wreckage addiction brings.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||10/05/2014|