Books: The Hole In Judy's Heart

A candid new bio details Garland's tumultuous life

Judy Garland--again? Is there really anyone left who still gives two hoots in Oz about her sad life and squalid death? You had better believe it. Thirty-one years after America's first lady of victimhood popped her last pill, the publication of Gerald Clarke's Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland (Random House; 510 pages; $29.95) is being greeted by enough hoopla to elect a Senator, including a monthlong Turner Classic Movies marathon and the reissue on 24-karat-gold audiophile CDs of Garland's 1961 Carnegie Hall concert, which is to the Cult of Dorothy what Are You Experienced? is to air guitarists.

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