Judy Garland

image for Judy Garland
Title
Blackglama: What Becomes a Legend Most?
Exhibition Label
Advertising agency associate Peter Rogers had the job of escorting the stars as they came into town for their Blackglama photo shoots. "Managing" Judy Garland turned out to be a challenge. She had stayed up most of the previous night, joining Tony Bennett at his performance at the Waldorf and visiting with him afterward. When Rogers called for Garland the next morning to take her to Avedon's studio, the hotel room was a disaster, littered with empty vodka bottles and feathers from a pillow fight with a friend. But Garland pulled herself together, and by the time her hair and makeup had been done, she "looked terrific." She sang along with one of her records and the photo session went well. Ultimately, however, they chose a non-performing shot: "somehow," Rogers remembered, "it seemed to capture the Garland image more poignantly."
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© The Richard Avedon Foundation © American Legend Cooperative
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1968
Object number
NPG.2005.61
Artist
Richard Avedon, 15 May 1923 - 1 Oct 2004
Sitter
Judy Garland, 10 Jun 1922 - 22 Jun 1969
Associated Institution
Blackglama
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Costume\Outerwear\Coat
Costume\Outerwear\Coat\Fur
Poster
Commercial\Advertisement
Judy Garland: Female
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Judy Garland: Oscar
Portrait
Medium
Photolithographic halftone poster
Dimensions
Sheet: 70.3 x 55.2cm (27 11/16 x 21 3/4")
Board: 75.6 x 60.3cm (29 3/4 x 23 3/4")
A to G Depth: 7/8"
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Print