Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Anne Hathaway to Star as Judy Garland

Anne Hathaway to Star as Judy Garland
Academy Award® nominee Anne Hathaway is attached to star as iconic performer Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke's biography "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland," for which The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned the film and stage rights. The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC.

"Get Happy," based on hundreds of interviews plus Garland's own unfinished and unpublished autobiography, portrays the dramatic highs and lows of the cultural icon's life-- from her tumultuous early years as a child performer to her tragic last days.

"We are thrilled to have the brilliantly talented Anne Hathaway portray stage and screen legend Judy Garland. I have worked with Anne on projects in the past and have known her for many years. She will be a true class act in this challenging role," said Harvey Weinstein. "Gerald Clarke's biography is a fascinating and comprehensive look at Garland's life and is particularly outstanding because of its exclusive details from her own writings. Her story is incredible subject matter for both theatre and film and we look forward to bringing it to audiences."


I think Anne Hathaway could do a spectacular job, though I'm a little concerned in some aspects of her appearance. What I mean is that while she's goregeous, Judy Garland was only 4"10 whereas Anne Hathaway is at least 5"8. Also, Judy Garland had issues with her weight; I never saw her as fat, but you know how Hollywood is (and was). Garland was short and curvy whereas Anne Hathaway is tall and skinny. Still, I'm looking forward to this!

Did anyone get to see "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows?" It aired eight years ago on ABC, starring Tammy Blanchard as young Judy Garland and Judy Davis as older Judy Garland. I've always been a Wizard of Oz nut, so when that movie came out I immediately became a fan of Judy Garland too.


  1. I'm a skeptic, but I also want to see this!

  2. When I was in high school I wrote a whole book report on Judy Garland and did a lot of research and what you said is right on there. :) It does sound like something I need to make sure and check out when the time comes.