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  • This movie was a loose adaptation of the Olivier-nominated play "End of the Rainbow". Playwright Peter Quilter said he believed screenwriter Tom Edge "wanted the story to be much more true and precise", with fewer "elements of fantasy" than the play.
  • Prior to this movie's release, Liza Minnelli stated through her Facebook account that she had "never met nor spoken to Renée Zellweger" and made it clear that she personally didn't approve of the project, nor sanction it "in any way."
  • Renée Zellweger is set to release her first solo album covering songs by Judy Garland.
  • This movie premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival. Renée Zellweger received rave reviews for her performance, and the Silver Medallion.
  • Renée Zellweger spent a year training with vocal coach Eric Vetro before shooting began, then rehearsed with musical director Matt Dunkley for four months to master her vocals.
  • Renée Zellweger was born in 1969, the year Judy Garland died.
  • The original Talk of the Town (now the Hippodrome Casino in London's West End) could not be used for key scenes. The production opted for the Hackney Empire Theatre in East London instead.
  • Make-up designer Jeremy Woodhead had to prosthetically extend the tip of Renée Zellweger's nose slightly to better match Judy Garland's profile. Dark gray contact lenses were used to approximate Garland's dark brown eyes, and a cropped walnut-brown wig was fashioned to resemble Garland's iconic hairdo.
  • Legendary British comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise signed with the BBC in 1969 and started making television shows in color. They desperately wanted Judy Garland as a guest star on one of their shows. Unfortunately, she died before negotiations could begin. Coincidentally, Bernard Delfont was the uncle of Michael Grade, Morecambe and Wise's agent at the time. Grade was instrumental in persuading Morecambe and Wise to only sign for the BBC if they agreed to broadcast their shows in color.
  • Judy Garland was forty-six in 1968. Renée Zellweger was forty-eight during production.
  • This is the second time an Englishman has played one of Judy Garland's American husbands. In Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001), Hugh Laurie played Vincente Minnelli, her second husband.
  • When Judy meets daughter Liza Minnelli at a party, Liza mentions preparing for a show. The show in question is probably meant to be "Flora the Red Menace", a musical with songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb that was Minnelli's first Broadway show, and which won her a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a musical, though it closed after eighty-seven performances. Kander and Ebb became frequent collaborators with Minnelli.
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