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  • This movie is a loose adaptation of the Olivier-nominated play "End of the Rainbow". Peter Quilter, the playwright behind "End of the Rainbow", said that he believed Screenwriter Tom Edge "wanted the story to be much more true and precise", with less "elements of fantasy" than the play.
  • Prior to this movie's release, Liza Minnelli publicly made it clear through her Facebook account that she had "never met nor spoken to Renée Zellweger" and made it clear that she personally did "not approve nor sanction (this movie project) in any way."
  • Renee wears a wig in this film
  • Renée Zellweger is set to release her first ever solo album covering songs by Judy Garland. The soundtrack will be released in September 2019.
  • This movie made its premiere at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival where Renée Zellweger received rave reviews for her performance and a special tribute with the Silver Medallion honor.
  • 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.
  • One review likens this performance to a "panicked hummingbird."
  • Zellweger is too old for the role. She's older now than Garland was when she died.
  • Renée Zellweger was born the same year that Judy Garland died: 1969.
  • In an interesting piece of coincidence, Renée Zellweger watched Judy Garland sing "Down With Love" on a television in Down with Love (2003).
  • The original "Talk of the Town" (now the Hippodrome Casino in London's West End) could not be used for key scenes in this movie, so the production opted for the spacious Hackney Empire theatre in central London instead.
  • Make-up Designer Jeremy Woodhead had to prosthetically extend the tip of Renée Zellweger's nose ever so slightly in order to better match Judy Garland's profile. Dark gray contact lenses were fitted to approximate Garland's dark brown eyes, and a cropped walnut-brown wig was fashioned to resemble Garland's iconic hairdo.
  • This movie addresses the harsh treatment Judy Garland received at MGM in the 1930s and 1940s. They put her on a strict diet and gave her prescription medication to control her weight and to help her sleep or stay awake, medication to which she eventually became addicted. She probably also received unwanted sexual advances by senior staff during those years, much like her younger "rival" Shirley Temple was forced to endure at Twentieth Century Fox during the same period.
  • Legendary British comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise (The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968)) desperately wanted to get Judy Garland as a guest star on one of their shows after they signed for the BBC in 1969 and started making their television shows in color. Unfortunately, Judy died before negotiations could begin. Coincidentally, Bernard Delfont, played by Sir Michael Gambon in this movie, was the uncle of Michael Grade, the then agent of Morecambe and Wise. Grade was instrumental in persuading Morecambe and Wise to only sign for the BBC if they agreed to broadcast their shows in color. Due to his family connections, it is very possible Judy would have been their biggest guest star in the first season of the show.
  • As a contestant on I'd Do Anything (2008), Jessie Buckley sang "The Man That Got Away", one of Judy Garland's classics.
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