Just in time for gay pride, this week the Hollywood location of Madame Tussaud’s unveiled their wax statue of Judy Garland.
The June 8 ceremony in the forecourt next to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre happened two days before what would have been Garland’s 88th birthday. MC of the event was Jack Allen, writer and historian, with an extensive background on the Hollywood film industry. There was a special appearance by actress famed actress Margaret O’Brien and Garland’s co-star in “Meet me in Saint Louis.” Following the figure unveiling, [Munchkin Jerry] Maren and O’Brien held a photo and lollipop signing in the courtyard where fans were able to purchase photographs and have them signed by the stars themselves. Ranked by the AFI (American Film Institute) as one of the ten most popular film actresses of all time, Judy Garland is an American original. Literally born in a trunk to a show business family, Garland rose to become one of the 20th century’s greatest entertainers, famed for both her live stage shows and movie appearances, including the unforgettable character “Dorothy” in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Click over to Broadway World for lots of photos of the waxen Judy and the unveiling ceremony.