Remembering Judy Garland

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Judy Garland, mostly known for playing Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, would have turned 95 years old on June 10.

Garland, was born as Frances Ethel Gumm, in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1922.

She performed in vaudeville with her two older sisters before signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) when she was a teenager in 1935.

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After making more than two dozen movies with MGM – including Oz, Babes in Arms, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Harvey Girls and Easter Parade – she separated from the film studio in 1950.

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Warner Bros.

Garland made her Hollywood comeback in 1954 with a remake of A Star is Born, produced by Warner Bros. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and was expected to win, but lost to Grace Kelly. However, she was awarded with a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a a Musical.

After A Star is Born, Garland appeared in a few other films, with her last one being I Could Go On Singing in 1963.

She made appearances on television beginning in 1955 and eventually had her own special The Judy Garland Show, which aired for one season on CBS from 1962-1963.

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The Judy Room

In between doing he final films and TV, Garland performed a concert at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961, which has been called “the greatest night in show business history.” It was later turned into an album, titled Judy at Carnegie Hall. The record stayed at number one for 13 weeks on the Billboard charts, was certified gold and won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

On her personal life, Garland was married five times and had three children, Liza Minnelli with ex-husband director Vincente  Minnelli, and Lorna and Joseph Luft with her ex Sidney Luft.

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After many, many years of battling prescription drugs and alcohol abuse, among other ailments, Judy Garland passed away on June 22, 1969 at the age of 47.

In 40+ years of films, radio, TV and winning multiple awards, Judy Garland has been called one of the greatest entertainers to have lived, and she definitely was.

RIP Judy❤️

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Halsey is the first female artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017.

“Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” is the singer’s first number one on the chart.

According to Billboard and Nielsen Music, her second album has earned 106,000 equivalent album units, in which 76,000 were traditional album sales.

Congratulations Halsey!

Amal and George Clooney welcome twins!

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Congratulations are in order for Amal and George Clooney!

The first time parents welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, Tuesday morning.

The joyful news was released in a statement from the Clooney’s spokesperson Stan Rosenfield.

“This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine.”

Rosenfield playfully added how father George was doing.

“He is sedated and should recover in a few days.”

After years of admitting that he would never get married [he was previously married to actress Talia Balsam], Oscar winner George Clooney, 56, became became engaged to human rights activist Amal Alamuddin, 39, in April 2014 and the couple officially married on September 27, 2014 in Italy.

News that Mrs. Clooney was expecting came in February 2017 after it was revealed by revealed by CBS’s The Talk host Julie Chen and later confirmed by Mr. Clooney’s Ocean’s costar and friend Matt Damon.

Welcome to the world Ella and Alexander!

One Love Manchester concert rasies over $3.5 million

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Sunday evening’s One Love Manchester benefit concert has raised $3.5 million and counting.

The concert hosted by Ariana Grande, raised money for the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester on May 22, 2017.

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The event was held at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Greater Manchester, less than a day after another attack happened in London on Saturday night.

Along with Grande, performers who took part in the concert included The Black Eyed Peas, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Coldplay, among others.

 

 

Happy National Donut Day!

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Dunkin’ Donuts

Today is the first Friday in June, which can only mean on thing… it’s National Donut Day!

To celebrate the day you can:

  1. Stop by Krispy Kreme and choose any doughnut you want free of charge
  2. Buy any beverage at Dunkin’ Donuts and receive a free doughnut

Go out and by a sweet, fried, glazed (or any flavor of your choosing) doughnut and enjoy!

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New outdoor movie series from Tribeca coming to Lower Manhattan this June

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A new and free outdoor screening series, titled “Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie on Oculus Plaza,” brought together by Westfield World Trade Center and Tribeca, will be coming to lower Manhattan beginning this June.

It will be programmed by the Tribeca Film Festival’s curators and will screen films during the first weekend of every month from June-October on the Oculus Plaza near the World Trade Center.

For more information, go to https://tribecafilm.com/drive-in