A Star is Born (1954)

On June 22, 1969 one of the brightest stars known to the world passed away. Judy Garland had a career that inspired many people through her unique talent. In 1954, she portrayed a talented and aspiring singer in A Star is Born.

When Esther Blodgett’s performance is interrupted by a drunk man running on the stage she turns what a negative into a positive. Making it so it looks like this was part of the show, Esther is able to give Norman Maine a standing ovation. Learning that Esther saved him from public humiliation Norman goes to thank her. Realizing that Norman is a former matinee idol who’s career is in decline, Esther is shocked to learn that he wants to help her out. Norman does so, leading Esther to change her name Vicki Lester after her first paycheck is picked up. With everything going fine for Esther, things start to decline for Norman who’s alcoholism has taken over. With all of this going on Esther and Norman marry, but things do not get better for Norman as his addiction keeps getting the best of him. Learning that Esther wants to move on as her career is flourishing in Hollywood, Norman goes out of his way to get his career back on track. However, after being informed by many people out in Hollywood that alcoholism ruined his career, Norman commits suicide. Much to the shock of everyone around him, his death becomes exploited by the press. With Esther deciding to go back to the Shrine Auditorium, where they met, at the insistence of an old band member she sees a heart that Norman drew when he first met her on the wall. She loses her composure for a minute before taking the stage telling a crowd triumphantly,”Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.” The credits role as Esther gets a standing ovation.

When Judy Garland passed away on June 22, 1969 she left behind a legacy that is still remembered today. With her singing and acting career being one of the best known ones out there, she still shines today. In 1954 when A Star is Born came out, she proved again that she was and is one of the most talented entertainers of all time.


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