This History of Judy
Was born June 10, 1922 by the name Frances Ethel
At the age of 2 started Frances path to be a star.
Frances’s mother pushed her daughter to become a
At the age of 13 Frances signed on with MGM.
With sign on at MGM her name then changed to Judy
Garland, but to fit with MGM Judy had to change her
appearance by using caps over her teeth and wearing
rubber disk in her nose to reshape it.
Her Time With MGM
MGM and Judy Garland had a love-hate relationship.
The studio put Judy on a very strict diet, plus a mix of
benzedrine and phenobarbital (aka amphetamines).
But not only was the amphetamines used for dieting it
was also to give a lot of the actors energy to keep
making a lot of films in a short period of time.
Barbiturates where given to a lot of the
actors/actresses so they could sleep at night. This
began Judy’s addiction to the amphetamines and
1936 – Pigskin Parade
1937 – Broadway Melody of
1939 – Wizard of Oz
1939 – Babes in Arms
1954 – A Star is Born
1961 – Judgment at
Judy Garland appeared in
over 40 films during her
lifetime and appeared in
Marriages and The End of Judy
Judy Garland was married 5 times and had 3 children.
On June 22, 1969 Judy Garland was found dead in her
bathroom at her Chelsea, London house. her blood
contained the equivalent of ten 1.5-grain (97 mg)
Seconal capsules. Also a lot of doctors around Garland
said that she was living on borrowed time due to
Cirrhosis of the liver.
First Session with Judy
With sitting down with Judy in the Summer of 1952 for
our first session was very interesting. She was very
open with her drug addictions and other problems.
She was somewhat loud and very talkative. The first
session was mostly introduction to counseling and
doing a mental status exam. With the first session I
was able to diagnose Judy on each axis of the DSM.
Axis I: 304.40 Amphetamine Dependence and 292.89
Axis II: V71.09 No Diagnosis
Axis III: No medical conditions reported by Client
Axis IV: Occupational Problems, Housing problems,
Axis V: GAF: 51 (Current)
1. Encourage Abstinence
2. Break through Denial
3. Support Cognitive Restructing
4. Improve behavioral self-control
5. Improve coping skills
6. Improve solving-problem skills
7. Improve self-esteem
Judy Short-term/long term goals:
1. Become Abstinence and staying clean
2. Become financially stable
3. Being more self-confident and higher self-esteem
Successful or Not?
As you may have guest Judy Garland wasn’t successful
with treatment. We had 24 sessions and there seemed
to be no improvement. We both mutually agreed that
treatment wasn’t helping and she decided to go
somewhere else for counseling.
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