Friday, April 1, 2011
Judy Garland Academy Award
In 1940 Judy Garland recieved a miniature statuette for her "juvenile" screen performances in 1939 that included "Babes in Arms" and "The Wizard of Oz"
In August of 2000 the academy claims in a Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that a Los Angeles memorabilia shop called Star Wares could not sell the Oscar -- even though it was consigned there by Garland's ex-husband -- because of an agreement the late actress signed in 1958.
But Star Wares owner Marcia Tysseling said she believes the sale is "perfectly legal" and blames the lawsuit on an overzealous Academy, which is known for ferociously protecting the Oscar image.
"I think they've been after this (particular Oscar) for a long time," Tysseling said. I'm just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
According to the academy, which alleges breach of contract, the 1958 agreement with Garland gives it the right to buy the statuette for just $10 before it is offered anywhere else.
Garland, the former Frances Gumm who endeared herself to a generation of Americans as Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who gets carried off to the magical kingdom of Oz by a twister in the 1939 film, was not nominated for an Oscar for her performance.
But the Academy gave the then teenage star a special Oscar anyway in 1940 "in recognition of her outstanding performance as a juvenile player during the past year."
Whole story at http://www.hollywoodgoldenguy.com/Judy_Garland_Oscar.html