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Under the Rainbow: An Intimate Memoir of Judy Garland, Rock Hudson and My Life in Old Hollywood

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Actor John Carlyle got his big break in 1954. New to Hollywood, the twenty-three-year-old Carlyle was cast as the assistant director of the movie-within-a movie in George Cukor's A Star is Born. Although Carlyle's scene was later cut from the film — and his star status subsequently never materialized — the job brought him in touch with Judy Garland, who up until her death fifteen years later was Carlyle's friend and sometime lover. Under the Rainbow tells the story of this rocky but beloved relationship. No ...

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Overview

Actor John Carlyle got his big break in 1954. New to Hollywood, the twenty-three-year-old Carlyle was cast as the assistant director of the movie-within-a movie in George Cukor's A Star is Born. Although Carlyle's scene was later cut from the film — and his star status subsequently never materialized — the job brought him in touch with Judy Garland, who up until her death fifteen years later was Carlyle's friend and sometime lover. Under the Rainbow tells the story of this rocky but beloved relationship. No longer the great star who first enthralled Carlyle as an adolescent, Garland — like many former headliners in the 1960s — lived an often desperate, hand-to-mouth existence that was eased only by pills and liquor. She turned to Carlyle for support, even with the hope of marrying the openly gay actor. He politely declined the opportunity of matrimony, but remained constant in his adoration of the star for the rest of his life. The author takes us on a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of gay Hollywood, with an intimate, often hilarious, star-studded memoir of the decline and end of old Hollywood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786720347
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carlyle acted in dozens of plays, movies, and television roles. A Baltimore native, he lived in Los Angeles for fifty years. Under the Rainbow is his first book. Robert Osborne is the prime time host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies cable television network. He is also a columnist and critic with The Hollywood Reporter.

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Table of Contents


"My Garland Times"     vii
Foreword: Memories of John Carlyle   Robert Osborne     ix
Introduction: A Star is Cut   Chris Freeman     xv
New York, 1951-52     1
Baltimore Boyhood     11
Sinner at St. Paul's     23
Letters to and from a Well-Known Woman     43
You Can't Go Home Again     61
Americans Abroad     75
Young Leading Man in the Hinterlands     91
Henry and His Boys     109
There Are No Small Parts     131
At Home on Norma Triangle     149
Highs and Lows in Hollywood     169
Is This Mr. Garland?     187
The Last of Judy     215
A Gentleman Inherits His Wealth     233
In the Program and In Love     251
He's A Lot Better Than Judy Garland     269
Shooting Stars     287
If the Shoe Fits     295
Afterword: To the Left of the Rainbow   Taylor Negron     307
Acknowledgments     313
Index     315
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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    WONDERFUL book!!!!

    Loved the book. Mr. Carlyle's life was incredible! What a shame he didn't live to write a sequel...

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