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"The biggest misconception people have about my mother is that she was so unhappy. I think people enjoy thinking that — some of them, anyway. They see the tragedy as opposed to the fact that she understood how to play tragedy.

I remember somebody at school once said something really mean about her: 'Oh, Judy does too much of this or that, she drinks too much.' And I came home from school crying; my mother asked me what was wrong and I told her. And then she said, 'You know what? You let everybody say what they're gonna say, and we'll go get a hamburger.' "

- Liza Minnelli on her mother, Judy Garland

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16 comments to “Quote Of The Day”

  1. 1

    A big misconception is that most or all alcoholics and drug addicts use substances to mask depression and any negative or bad feelings. In reality, a lot of addicts are actually very happy people who use alcohol or drugs to heighten their already good moods. I used to drink a lot and my trigger was having a really good day or being in a really good mood.

  2. 2

    what a wonderful photo of them…

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    There is an awful lot of denial in addiction, from the addict and their family. Now Judy Garland would go to rehab, it didn't exist back then, and there was little understanding about addiction. I think people thought junkies existed, and used street drugs, but the person addicted to prescription meds, was a person who got "headaches" or felt "nervous" much of the time.

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    Re: Genghis Khan – Agreed. It is too easy to assume all alcoholics and addicts have some sort of common root problem. The only thing that all alcoholics have in common is that they drink too much. That's it.

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    Re: rosebud99 – I would add that another thing they have in common is that they hurt the people around them, no matter how happy the addicts or alcoholics are.

  6. 6

    Re: RdRydngHd – Exactly. Alcoholics are very selfish people.

  7. 7

    I totally thought this was a promo image of some sort of anne hathaway.

  8. 8

    I'm sure that Liza would like to hold onto the more upbeat memories and thoughts about her mother. And I'm certain it couldn't have been a continual drag to be Judy Garland or around her. She had a wonderful sense of humor - which is usually developed as a great coping mechanism. But her mother was a pill popping boozer who attempted suicide a couple of times. So there, obviously, was that dark side to Liza's mother. Something which Liza may not need to focus on personally in order to get through her day and hold onto the best of memories of her own mother. But it would be silly to think life was so flippant and easy that going for a burger was Judy's genuine solution to dealing with her addictions and demons.

  9. 9

    That is such a touching anecdote. I have never read anything that denies she loved her children more than anything in the world.

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    Re: RdRydngHd – Perhaps… alcoholism is all about perception from the people around them. I have no problem with a functioning alcoholic.

  11. 11

    That's a cool memory.

  12. 12

    Two exceptionally brilliant performers.

  13. 13

    that is my boyfriends family and his aunt is RIGHT, amazing family and amazing ppl, not tragic!!!

  14. 14

    Re: kappuhcheenoh – of course their was a huge misconception about them and denial, because back then drugs weren't bad for you, they were perscribing speed to mothers to help them keep up with the children and the housework and they were doing cocaine because they thought they were more productive and they were given opium if they had any sort of pain and morphine for that matter, you could order morphine and opium from Sears and also buy the syringes to go with it. They didn't know that these things could be harmful to your body, people weren't concidered drug addicts back then because their was no drug addict's back then, everyone did something, all these things I mentioned were socially acceptable and in almost all cases suggested. Hell they use to give you cigarrettes back then because they thought it kept your throat smooth and they actually thought it helped, doctors recommended them! As well as alcohol

  15. 15

    That was actually quite touching. I'm sorry she lost her beloved mother.

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    Re: Genghis Khan – There is a difference between drinking a lot and being an alcoholic or another type of addict of any kind. If there is a genuine addiction, then something is definitely wrong.