ANNOUNCING THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON

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As some of you would know, my aunty passed away on New Years Eve. Even though it was expected, the shock of seeing her make her transition has left me emotionally scarred. As a result I’ve taken a long hiatus away from blogging, but after a few months of not writing anything, I’ve started to miss blogging, and I now feel that I am ready to get back into the fold, and what better way is there to return than hosting a blogathon?

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I have always been a movie enthusiast for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I have marveled over the likes of many talents, but nobody has ever had the effect on me that Judy Garland has had. She was the first person who I obsessed about, and she was the one star who established my profound interest and sheer passion for classic cinema. I have often said that if it wasn’t for Judy Garland, I may still be watching the productions from today’s popular culture, but luckily Judy came to my rescue, and now I couldn’t be happier.

Some people may think it strange, but Judy Garland has shaped my life in many ways. At a time when I was lonely and despondent, I could always rely on Judy to cheer me up. All of my friendships were formed because of Judy, and my biggest goal of traveling to New York was achieved because of Judy. I will always be in debt to Judy for all she had done. It is because of this reason that I am hosting a blogathon dedicated to this legendary figure of the stage and screen who has influenced me in every way possible.

Judy Garland was born on June 10th, 1922, so hosting a blogathon is the ideal way to celebrate this special day. I wanted to hold this event last year, but all other blogathons were cropping up on those dates, which prevented me hosting it. Because Judy was my first love, I am excited about this blogathon, and I’m hoping that it’s a success.

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BLOGATHON RULES:

1. Participants are welcome to write about any subject relating to Judy Garland or any aspect of her life and career. As long as the topic relates to Judy or her filmography, I’ll accept it.

2. Because Judy Garland has an extensive resume of films, I will be allowing no more than two duplicates. There are a wealth of topics to go around. Remember, your choice doesn’t have to be a movie. Judy wasn’t just an actress. She was an entertainer who performed numerous concerts, and she was a person whose life was an interesting story in itself. I encourage people to think outside of the box.

3. When: The Blogathon will be held on June 8 – 10, 2017, so please post your entries on either of these dates.

4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog, along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: carolelombardforever@yahoo.com. For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Below are a few banners, so grab yourself a banner, and let’s celebrate the unparalleled talents of Judy Garland.

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ROSTER, WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: My memories of attending Judy In New York in 2011, and Judy At Carnegie Hall.

Goose Pimply All Over: Judy Garland in Summer Stock ( 1950 )

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: A Star Is Born ( 1954 ) and Gay Purr-ee ( 1962 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Judy Garland Tribute ( A Vaudevillian Legend of the Screen )

The Flapper Dame: A Star Is Born ( 1954 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Movies: The Clock ( 1945 )

Back To Golden Days: The Wizard Of Oz ( 1939 )

Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: My Judy Garland and Wizard Of Oz collection.

Champagne For Lunch: The Harvey Girls ( 1946 )

Caftan Woman: Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry ( 1937 )

Pop Culture Reverie: The Clock ( 1945 )

Critica Retro: Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.

Old Hollywood Films: The Pirate ( 1948 )

Silver Screenings: Babes In Arms ( 1939 )

A Shroud Of Thoughts: TBA

Taking Up Room: Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Judy’s homes, and John Fricke’s Judy books.

Real Weedgie Midget Reviews: Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows ( 2001 )

Christina Wehner: Girl Crazy ( 1943 )

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: A Child Is Waiting ( 1963 )

Karavansara: Judgement At Nuremberg ( 1961 )

The Stop Button: The Wizard Of Oz ( 1939 )

Charlene’s Mostly Classic Movie Reviews: Meet Me In St. Louis ( 1944 )

Lauren Champkin: Judgement At Nuremberg ( 1961 )

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict: In The Good Old Summertime ( 1949 )

Finding Franchot: The similarities between “A Thousands Cheer”, and “Star Spangled Rhythm”.

Life’s Daily Lessons Movie Blog: The Pirate ( 1948 )

Thoughts All Sorts: Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to Margaret O’Brien in “Meet Me In St. Louis” ( 1944 )

LA Explorer: Presenting Lily Mars ( 1943 )

Apocalypse Later: A Child Is Waiting ( 1963 )

Peyton’s Classics: Love Finds Andy Hardy ( 1938 )

Portraits By Jenni: Judy’s appearances in the Andy Hardy films.

Oh So Geeky: For Me And My Gal ( 1942 )

Big V Riot Squad: Judy’s film debut in “The Big Review” ( 1929 )

Tranquil Dreams: The Wizard Of Oz ( 1939 )

I Found It At The Movies: Easter Parade ( 1948 )

Whimsically Classic: Judy Garland and Gene Kelly.

Because We Have The Stars: The Judy Garland Show.

Little Bits Of Classics: Meet Me In St Louis ( 1944 )

The Dream Book Blog: Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Judy Garland in the Andy Hardy series

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68 thoughts on “ANNOUNCING THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON

  1. Michaela says:

    This is so exciting! Although I would love to cover a dozen films, I’ll choose just two: A Star is Born and the weird little gem Gay Purr-ee.

    LoveLettersToOldHollywood.blogspot.com

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  2. maddylovesherclassicfilms says:

    Hi Crystal. Firstly let me say I’m so very sorry to hear about your aunts death. Please accept my condolences. I’d love to take part in this Blogathon. I’d like to talk about Judy’s 1945 romantic drama, Under The Clock. Maddy

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  3. Simoa says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt. ❤ I lost my great uncle recently. I hope the sting of the loss lessens over time.

    As for the blogathon, I'd like to write about The Harvey Girls! My blog is champagneforlunch.wordpress.com. Thanks for hosting!

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  4. Davide Mana says:

    Hi!
    What if Karavansara did a piece about “Judgement in Nuremberg”, the 1961 movie which features a colossal cast, including Judy Garland?
    Let me know if it’s been taken yet.

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  5. charsmoviereviews says:

    Thanks for inviting me to participate. I am definitely sending my condolences. My grandmother passed away quite recently so I understand how you feel. That being said, I am very happy you have started blogging again 🙂 I would love to write about Meet Me in St. Louis please if that’s still available. Thanks!

    Charlene’s (Mostly) Classic Movie Reviews. https://charsmoviereviews.wordpress.com

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  6. annsblyth says:

    I’d like to thank you for inviting me to join as well. Please put me down for In the Good Old Summertime (1949), as I adore Judy, Van, and The Shop Around the Corner, and I’ve been meaning to watch this one for a long time. I believe this will fall right after my own blogathon, but I’ll try my best to get a good post up on time! Thanks!

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  7. Hal C. F. Astell says:

    Hola! I got your message and would love to take part for Apocalypse Later. Welcome back!

    Judy Garland didn’t step outside her comfort zone often, but I’ll happily take a look at A Child is Waiting (1963). I see it’s been picked once already but you were allowing two per title.

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  8. jennifromrollamo says:

    Thank you so much for the kind invitation to participate in this blogathon on the powerhouse of talent that was Judy Garland! I am planning on looking at her appearances in the Andy Hardy films: Love Finds Andy Hardy, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante(with Judy reprising her part from the earlier film), and Life Begins for Andy Hardy(Judy once again, doing a role reprisal!).

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  9. MIB says:

    Welcome back to blogging and my condolences for your loss.

    Thanks for the invite to this blogathon. Unfortunately I must politely decline as whilst Judy Garland is an icon, I have no films of hers to watch nor do I have anything to add to the already impressive list of entrants you currently have. 😦

    But I am sure the event will be another success for you, so thanks again for thinking of me and best of luck with it! 🙂

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  10. Craig says:

    Like most folks of my Late Boomer generation, Judy’s sweet, searching “Dorothy” is eternally (literally) graven into my being.

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  11. thoughtsofajaneite says:

    I hope I’m not to late! I’d like to do a general review/post about the Judy Garland Show. I’m quite interested by the shows presented by Old Hollywood Stars and I’m sure that one with Judy in it will surely be great! So you can add me? My blog is http://www.thoughtsofajaneite.wordpress.com Thanks.
    P.S. I’m sorry for your loss. Three months ago I lost my uncle so I know what you’re feeling. But they’re in a better place now, I’m sure.

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  12. Little Bits of Classics says:

    Hi, I would like to ask you if I can still write about Meet Me in St. Louis. I’ve read that you allow no more than two duplicates, but only one entry is concerned about the film and another with a song. I’m still not sure if I’d like to write about the movie or about at least a song in it, but would it be possible :)?

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  13. tammayauthor says:

    Hi! I emailed you some time ago but never got a response. I know I’m jumping in pretty late, but I’d like to participate, if possible. I’d love to do a blog post that talks about Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich, since they were friends and rivals (sort of) in terms of their singing careers.

    Tam May
    The Dream Book Blog
    http://thedreambook.wordpress.com/

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  14. Tiffany Brannan says:

    I would like to participate. My name is Tiffany Brannan, and I am the authoress of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society, https://pureentertainmentpreservationsociety.wordpress.com. I saw that someone already has used the topic of Judy Garland in the Andy Hardy series, but I wanted to know if I may use it again. If not, I would like to write about Broadway Melody of 1938. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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