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Renée Zellweger Reveals What it Was Like to Transform Herself Into Movie Icon Judy Garland for ‘Judy’

No matter what road her life ultimately took, it’s difficult to think of Judy Garland and not remember of her as Dorothy Gale, heading down the Yellow Brick Road in the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. But if actress Renée Zellweger has her way, you’ll be seeing an new side of the Hollywood icon in the movie Judy.

“I’m one of millions and millions of people through the generations who fell in love with her,” says Renée. “I thought there was an opportunity to explore something that isn’t often considered when you’re thinking about this larger than life personality: what it was that she delivered in her work and what it cost her. This [Judy] was a period in her life when she was working because she needed to work, but physically needed to rest. Her voice, the thing that gives her value and self-worth, is also the thing that she’s destroying in order to be able to take care of her children. Most people put on a veneer when they’re in front of a camera or an audience. I think with Judy, you got the real person.”

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The film is officially described as follows: “Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband.”

“And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on? Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow,’ Judy celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of ‘the world’s greatest entertainer.’”

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