Could the Wicked Witch of the West be to blame for the missing ruby slippers?
An anonymous donor has offered a generous $1 million reward for ‘credible information’ which will help recover the the pair of Judy Garland’s red sequinned, ruby slippers which were stolen from a museum in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota back in 2005.
A $1 million reward is being offered for information on Judy Garland’s missing ruby slippers.
According to the Associated Press, the reward offered requires the exact location of the slippers as well as the perpetrator’s name. The slippers were stolen nearly a decade ago when a thief broke into the museum which had been loaned the ionic piece of memorabilia from owner Michael Shaw.
Liza Minnelli has been admitted into rehab but is progressing well. Here are five things you need to know about the 69-year-old entertainer.
Liza Minnelli has recently been admitted into rehab so she can get help with substance abuse problems. The 69-year-old reportedly checked herself in early this week and is already showing signs of "excellent progress". Just in case you're struggling with the Minnelli trivia, here are five things you need to know about the Cabaret actress:
Liza Minnelli has checked herself in to rehab.
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Judy Garland and Dorothy Gale - Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill... something that Cruz quite clearly has! - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014
A thrice broken wrist was overlooked for Minnelli to take to the stage with her half-sister, Lorna Luft.
Liza Minnelli bravely ignored the pain of a broken wrist to perform at New York City's famed Birdland jazz club to benefit The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and Tower Cancer Research Foundation's Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund.
Liza Minnelli Broke Her Wrist In Three Places When Rehearsing For The Benefit.
The 67 year-old performer's rep told the Associated Press that Minnelli had broken her wrist in three places as she rehearsed for the show on Sunday night and that her doctor had advised the Academy Award winner not to perform. However, the cause was so close to Liza's heart that she felt she couldn't possibly back out when her half-sister Lorna Luft, who is battling breast cancer, had asked for a little help making the evening as special as possible.
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Fat Joe, the rapper most famous for his 2004 single 'Lean Back', has turned himself in to police in order to begin a four month prison. The rapper was charged in December but began his sentence today (26th August).
Rapper Fat Joe has turned himself into Miami Police today (26th August) in order to serve a four month prison sentence. Fat Joe -whose real name is Joseph Cartagena- was sentenced in December for tax evasion. The charges refer to Fat Joe's tax evasion between 2007 and 2008, he managed to avoid paying taxes totalling to more than $1 million.
Fat Joe has begun his prison sentence for tax evasion.
The New York born rapper was initially facing up to two years in prison but his sentence was altered to four months jail time. In addition to his four month sentence, Cartagena was ordered to pay a $15 000 fine. He will also be serving a year's supervised release, according to TMZ. The 43-year-old is currently being held at the Federal Detention Center in Miami.
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Margaret Pellegrini, one of the three remaining 'Munchkins' from the 'Wizard of Oz' died yesterday at the age of 89.
Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last remaining Munchkins from The Wizard Of Oz, died yesterday (August 7th). She was 89 years old. According to reports the actress died at around 7am after suffering a stroke. She passed away in Phoenix, Arizona close to her home.
New Yorkers dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz: Dorothy and the Lion accompanied by a Wicked Witch spaniel and a scarecrow dog, at the 21st Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
Pellegrini featured in The Wizard of Oz in numerous Munchkin parts, she can clearly be seen as a villager standing next to Judy Garland as they sing 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road'.
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Star was once one of the highest paid actresses in the movie business
Deanna Durbin, who was one of Hollywood's biggest draws in the 1930s and early '40s, has died aged 91.
In a glittering career, Durbin at one point became the highest-paid star in the US, in 1947, thanks to her huge bankability as an actress. She made her film debut in the 1936 MGM short Every Sunday, in which she appeared alongside the legendary Judy Garland, aged 15. From then on she rose as a star, having been signed by Universal Studios, and her first mega bucks role was Three Smart Girls, also in 1936 and credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy.
In many of her roles Durbin was portrayed as the perfect girl-next-door, however it was a role she eventually grew tired of as she matured from a teenager and she tried to take on more serious roles in 1944’s Christmas Holiday and the crime thriller Lady On A Train, from 1945. She retired from acting at a young age in 1949, aged just 28. She went on to withdraw from public life after marrying producer-director Charles Henri David in 1950. They stayed together for 48 years before his death in 1999. News of her death was announced by her son Peter H David, who revealed in a statement that she had died “a few days ago.”
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Could 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' reach No.1 in the UK singles chart?
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead had launched into the UK Top 10 chart following the death of Margaret Thatcher. What probably started off as a handful of people downloading The Wizard of Oz track for their slightly tasteless parties around the UK turned into a full-fledged Facebook and Twitter campaign to get the track to No.1.
The Official Charts Company said the song had been purchased more than 10,600 by midnight on Tuesday, meaning it's at No.10 on the midweeks charts, published on Wednesday. It's on-course to be one of the top three sellers by the end of the week and could get to No.1. While many have mourned the death of Baroness Thatcher, organisers behind the Facebook campaign showed little compassion - "Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies", launched on Monday. Though the most famous version, sung by Judy Garland, is on track for chart success, another 1961 rendition sung by Ella Fitzgerald also saw an increase in sales and nudged into the Top 150. The main track is around 5,000 sales away from a place in the Top 3.
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The iconic dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz has been sold at auction for $480,000. The auction house Julien’s Auctions have revealed that the blue and white gingham pinafore fetched the staggering sum during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia. It was the highest priced item in the auction, which attracted bids from across the globe. The auction ended on Saturday (November 10, 2012).
Other memorable items to have sold included Steve McQueen’s racing jacket, which went for $50,000. The purple skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return sold for a similar amount and the dress worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music brought in $38,400. All unarguably impressive figures, but not a patch on Judy Garland’s ‘Dorothy’ dress. Sunglasses were another popular item, fetching relatively high sums The shades worn by Jean Reno in Leon sold $8,320, whilst Johnny Depp’s glasses went for $3,250.
There’s no news on who’s purchased the items or what use they’re intended for. We think anyone walking down the street wearing Dorothy’s dress would look a little incongruous in this day and age. Though, if you had the sparkly red shoes to match and a tin man, a lion and scarecrow in your entourage, you could at least convince people that you were off to a fancy dress party. Steve McQueen’s biker jacket though? Well, on the right person, there will most likely never be a time when that just doesn’t look insanely cool.
There have, to date, been three versions of 'A Star is Born' the first in 1937, the second in 1954 and the most recent came out in 1976, and all have been wildly successful. The recipe for success seems to be in having an extraordinary leading lady, with Judy Garland starring in the 1954 version, and Barbara Streisand the latter, the biggest stars with the strongest and most distinctive voices of their time, there is no question as to why Clint Eastwood would want Beyonce to be the leading lady in the newest proposed adaptation of the classic film. He must now be devastated as she's pulled out of the project-for a second time.
The premise of every film is a female rising star, taken on by a veteran in the business, who sees his own career decline with the career of the 'rising star' rockets. The main problem this project is facing seems to be finding the right leading stars. The casting crew has been through a long list of Hollywood's greats, but left without much, and now with Beyonce's premature exit they're left with nothing. Bradley Cooper has been cited as a hot favourite for the role that would have been opposite Beyonce.
In TheWrap.com Beyonce cites a jampacked schedule for her abdication from the role. She said: 'I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood. For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.' However, some critics have questioned whether political differences have pushed Beyonce and Eastwood apart, as the former has been vocal in her backing of democrat Barack Obama, whereas Eastwood is a life-long republican.
“I was looking forward to the production of A Star Is Born and the opportunity to work with Clint Eastwood," Beyonce said in a statement to E! News. "For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together." So it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Clint, who has been busy with his latest flick, Trouble With the Curve, which didn’t really do that well at the Box Office. "We've talked to several people, and we probably won't address that one till next year," Eastwood explained to E! at the premiere of his recent film. "Early next year,” he added.
The 1937 original had rising star Janet Gaynor falling in love with Frederic March. In 1954, Judy Garland rose and in 1976, Barbra Streisand found her voice with the help of Kris Kristofferson. Eastwood is said to be eyeing jazz star Esperanza Spalding as a replacement, but wants to secure a male lead before approaching female stars. As of yet, there is no date for the film, which is allegedly another reason for Beyonce’s withdrawal.
63 years after the Technicolour family favourite "The Wizard of Oz" was released in cinemas, Judy Garland's iconic blue gingham Dorothy dress is going to be up for sale in an auction, to be held in November.
Darren Julien, the prime auctioneer of celebrity items with his company Julien's Auctions, expects the dress to make half a million dollars (£300,000). Julien's Auctions has sold items from Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, to name but a few, and sells some fairly normal items from Bill Clinton's saxophone, to the truly bizarre, namely William Shatner's kidney stone, which sold for $25,000 (£14k) in 2006.
The 'Dorothy' dress will join 800 other items of from films over the ages, including props, photographs and wardrobe items, in the "Icons and Idols 2012: Hollywood" auction. To mark 50 years since Marilyn Monroe's death, a number of her items will also be included in the sale.
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They are some of the most iconic shoes on the planet, but they've before been seen in public in Europe; that's all going to change, though, as the original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland's Dorothy in the 1939 musical The Wizard Of Oz come to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where they'll be part of an exhibition called Hollywood Costume. The V&A has had Dorothy's white and blue gingham pinafore dress for a while now, reports The Independent, and it will be the first time that the outfit has been reunited since Garland wore them.