Rainbow'S End: The Judy Garland Show
- Publish Date: 1990-11-01
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Coyne Steven Sanders
Judy Garland was at the pinnacle of her career when she signed with CBS to star in a multimillion-dollar weekly television series. The Judy Garland Show immediately became the most exciting -- and explosive -- event of the 1963-64 television season, unleashing a storm of controversy that had still not ceased at the time of publication.
The Judy Garland Show seemed sabotaged from the very beginning and became a single-season casualty. CBS plunged the program into chaos -- tampering with its format, hiring and firing staff members, and refusing to move the series away from NBC's Bonanza, then the top-rated show on the air. At the same time, Garland was locked in a high-stakes power struggle among network executives, show staff members, an estranged husband, and her managers, Freddie Fields and a pre-Indecent Exposure David Begelman.
Lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare, previously unpublished photographs, Rainbow's End -- written by a former television news journalist -- draws upon candid interviews with nearly one hundred key people involved in the day-to-day production of the Garland series: intimates within her personal entourage, backstage crew members, CBS insiders, choreographers, dancers, writers, producers, directors, and series regular Jerry Van Dyke, along with Norman Jewison, George Schlatter, Gary Smith, Mort Lindsey, and Bob Mackie.
Many of the great talents who appeared on the show share in this book their affectionate and often humorous reminiscences. Here also are Judy's three children, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joseph Luft, who offer their loving, intimate, and uniquely insightful memories of The Judy Garland Show in rich detail for the first time.
Rainbow's End is the extraordinary on-camera and behind-the-scenes saga of the singer's last dazzling moment at the top that was The Judy Garland Show -- a so-called television failure that in later years was rediscovered and lauded with tremendous critical and popular acclaim.