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Few stars are as emblematic of the Golden Age of Hollywood as Judy Garland. The star, who made her stage debut when she was two and was signed to MGM at 13, was not just part of Hollywood history—she was essential to it, as well as an emblem of the times, for better or worse. This year marks what would have been the legend’s 100th birthday, had she not died in London in 1969. 

If her centennial birthday gives you a burning desire to catch up on old Garland films—and how could it not?—here are nine essential recommendations, from the obvious classics (you know the ones), to the lesser-seen gems.

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Pigskin Parade

This film is, in a way, where it all began. At 13 years old, Garland made her feature debut in this 1936 musical comedy, playing a plucky kid sister named Sairy who loves to sing. Though she’s far from the star of the film, Garland easily steals the show during her few musical numbers. Even at 13, Garland had tremendous vocal range, signaling early on that her career was going to head down a different path than that of her peers.

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Girl Crazy

Early in her career, Garland made a string of films with Mickey Rooney, a close friend and fellow vet of the industry. Though there are several films one could choose—*Babes in Arms, Strike Up the BandGirl Crazy is a good gateway into their oeuvre, a 1943 musical about a philanderer who gets sent out West to get straightened out; there, he meets and quickly falls for a young postmistress (Garland). Come for the chemistry, stay for Garland’s heartbreaking rendition of “But Not for Me.”

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The Clock

Though Garland was mostly known for starring in musicals, The Clock was a noted departure. The 1945 film about a blossoming romance between two perfect strangers (Garland opposite Robert Walker) in New York City was her first drama, as well as the first film in which she did not sing. It was a box office success and was warmly received by critics; “a tender and refreshingly simple romantic drama,” the New York Times declared then. It also had a special personal relevance: The Clock was directed by frequent collaborator Vincente Minnelli, Garland’s second husband and father to Liza.

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Meet Me in St. Louis

Speaking of Minnelli, might as well note the first film he directed starring Garland: Meet Me in St. Louis. The Oscar-nominated romantic musical, released in 1944, is one of Garland’s most popular films, starring her as a St. Louis teen whose world is turned upside down when she learns her family might move to New York. Garland is utterly charming in the family film and delivers instant-classic renditions of numbers like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Liza Minnelli has said on more than one occasion that it’s her favorite movie. “That’s where my father met my mother and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that movie,” she once told the American Film Institute with a hearty laugh.

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Till the Clouds Roll By

Let’s roll on over to this star-studded, 1946 Technicolor biopic about composer Jerome Kern (“Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”). Garland, who was four months pregnant while shooting it, played Marilyn Miller, the charming, but complicated Broadway legend. The rest of the cast is unbelievably stacked, including Lena Horne, Angela Lansbury, and Cyd Charisse, in addition to Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore playing themselves.

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The Harvey Girls

This musical often finds itself on best-of-Garland lists, for good reason. Directed by George Sidney, the film revolves around a group of waitresses at a Harvey House restaurant chain in Sandrock, Arizona. Garland plays Susan, a woman who travels to the town to meet a potential beau who does not turn out to be who she thought; she later joins the Harvey girls. The 1946 Western musical was a box office success and took home the best original song Oscar for “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,“ this number sung by Garland.

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A Star Is Born

It’s a film she was burning to make after getting fired from MGM, a big, challenging musical about a rising star, impeccably directed by George Cukor. The film, a remake of the 1937 picture of the same name, starred Garland as Esther Blodgett, a gifted singer on the outs. The grueling production is now legendary for the toll it took on Garland and for its $5 million budget, making it the most expensive movie in Hollywood at the time. But it, ultimately, paid off—Garland was nominated for a best-actress Oscar (which she would lose to Grace Kelly in The Country Girl), and Esther become one of her most iconic roles, though it would also be her last major movie.

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Judgment at Nuremberg

The 1961 black-and-white drama, directed by Stanley Kramer (The Defiant Ones, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World) marked Garland’s last Oscar-nominated performance. It revolved around the 1947 trial against a group of Nazis, and costarred Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Spencer Tracy, among others. Garland played Irene Hoffman, a witness who speaks at the trial. It’s a stirring, vulnerable performance from Garland, who neatly adapts to the stylized, melodramatic ebbs and flows of the courtroom drama. The film earned her a best-supporting-actress Oscar nomination, though she lost to Rita Moreno in West Side Story.

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The Wizard of Oz

What’s even left to say about the 1939 fantasy that is not only Garland’s most iconic film, but one of the most iconic and influential films of all time? Better to give Garland the last word: “I’ve always taken The Wizard of Oz very seriously, you know,” she once said. “I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it.”

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When a federal jury found R. Kelly guilty on nine charges related to racketeering and sex trafficking in September, it brought some measure of legal closure to his long trail of abuse. Accusations of the singer’s sexual misconduct began surfacing nearly three decades ago: Over the course of his career, Kelly married a 15-year-old Aaliyah, faced and was acquitted on child-pornography charges, and, calling himself the Pied Piper of R&B, cultivated an artistic persona that positioned sex as a matter of his eccentric genius.

At Kelly’s sentencing hearing in a Brooklyn courtroom on Wednesday, Judge Ann Marie Donnelly, in announcing her decision, reflected on the scale of his abuses: “These crimes were calculated and carefully planned for almost 25 years.” She sentenced the singer, who worked at the highest rungs of pop and R&B, to 30 years in prison.

Kelly’s trial lasted six weeks and included testimony from over 40 witnesses. Prosecutors described the singer as the leader of a criminal enterprise made up of his entourage and employees who leveraged his celebrity in service of recruiting his scores of underage victims. Prosecutors had requested a sentence of at least 25 years, while Kelly’s attorneys asked for 10 or fewer. Kelly is 55 years old.

Wednesday’s hearing expanded on the horrors delineated during his trial last year, and added to them a level of detail about the enduring impact of Kelly’s abuse. A woman testifying under the name Addie, who said Kelly sexually assaulted her in 1994, said in her victim statement in the courtroom that she has suffered “within my heart from emotional breakdowns and thoughts of suicide and self-sabotage.”

Lizzette Martinez, who said she met Kelly when she was 17 years old in 1995, said that a “lifetime of depression and PTSD” began with his sexual assaults. She recalled how his friends and entourage looked on as she became his “sex slave” for years.

Turning to Kelly, she said, “Robert, you destroyed so many people’s lives.”

“I feel like I should refresh your memory,” said another woman, identified as Jane Doe No. 2, as she addressed Kelly. The woman met Kelly when he was 31 and she was 19. She recounted how Kelly forced her to perform oral sex on him in a car filled with his 30-something friends.

“Do you remember that?” she said in a firm voice.

As Kelly whispered with his lawyers, the woman paused her own statement: “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to interrupt his conversation.”

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Outside of such interactions with his counsel, Kelly didn’t visibly move or react during the victim statements or as Donnelly read his sentence.

While Kelly’s trial was the first high-profile case of the #MeToo era in which most of the victims were Black, race was rarely mentioned in the court proceedings. Kelly amassed success and acclaim across the landscape of American pop music, and more specifically in the Black traditions of R&B and gospel. As Kitti Jones, who has said that Kelly abused her during their relationship between 2011 and 2013, spoke on Wednesday, she pointed to the time that passed before Kelly’s crimes caught up to him.

“Knowing his fanbase looked like many of his victims,” Jones said, “he knew the public would never believe them.”

The only words Kelly had for the courtroom, just before his sentence was delivered, were: “Yes, your honor, that’s my wish.” He was confirming his lawyer Jennifer Bonjean’s remark that he didn’t wish to address the judge or his victims, citing his other pending cases. (Kelly also faces sex crimes charges in Minnesota at the state level and federal charges in Illinois, all of which he has denied.) As in Kelly’s sentencing submission to the court, Bonjean said on Wednesday that mitigating factors for Kelly’s sentence should include his own history of childhood abuse.

“He accepts that he is a flawed individual,” she said. “He does sit here with regrets.”

Donnelly, in explaining her sentencing decision, said she took Kelly’s experience of abuse into account, but only up to a point: “Even if it is a form of an explanation, it is certainly not an excuse.” She wondered how it all could’ve happened in plain sight.

“I don’t know why these people turned a blind eye,” Donnelly said, referring to the members of Kelly’s enterprise. “Maybe it just became normal to these people.”

The sentence she decided on is about as long as the record of Kelly’s abuse. For decades, he operated with near-total impunity as his career flourished. A woman using the pseudonym Angela on Wednesday spoke to how the truths of Kelly’s life and his work had finally begun to converge: “Your self-proclaimed alter ego of the Pied Piper could not exist without the living, breathing Robert Sylvester Kelly.”

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Khloe Kardashian is sizzling in a sheer nude bodysuit for Kim Kardashian‘s new SKKN skincare line. The Good American founder, 38, posed in a sultry series of photos shared on her Instagram page on June 29 (seen here) and looked confident and sexy as she lounged on a marble chase. The bodysuit, which matched the color of her skin, was covered in various black-outlined designs that looked like tattoos, such as a cross, a bird spreading its wings, and roses. She accessorized the skin-tight look with a large pair of gold hoop earrings and clear heels. Khloe’s hair was tied back into a sleek bun and she wore natural-looking makeup. “SKKN anyone?” she captioned the post.

Kim, 41, officially released her line of nine products on June 21 after announcing its creation 20 days prior. On June 14, she stripped down to a bare face to promote her line and allowed her trusted esthetician to pamper her with a facial using her products, which include toner, face scrub, various serums, and more. On launch day, the mother of four gushed about what her new line means to her. “I’m so proud of this line of products — not only are they efficacious, clean, backed in science, and formulated for all types of skin, but they bring a spa-like experience right to your home,” she wrote in a note to Instagram alongside a photo of her sleek-looking products. “From sought-after ingredients and clinically-proven formulas, to compostable kraft bags and refills made from recycled materials, this skincare collection means so much to me. I can’t wait for you to get your hands on these products.”

Khloe shouted out her sister’s line earlier in the day on Wednesday before sharing the sexy bodysuit photos. “SKKN!!!! Kimberly I am constantly in awe of you! Congratulations on the launch of @skkn. You deserve the world,” she enthusiastically wrote underneath a carousel of pictures of her, Kim, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Ming Lee Simmons posing for the brand.

Prior to the SKKN shoutout, Khloe posted a steamy Boomerang of herself posing in a teeny pink bikini by Good American. “I have no idea how long ago I took these but I love this @goodamerican pink bikini!!!” she noted.

It looks like Khloe is comfortable both promoting SKKN and her own skin, as she should be!


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Turns out it’s true — age ain’t nothing but a number.

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To me, there’s no way Harry Shum Jr. is over 35.

But he IS. Harry Shum Jr. is 40.


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Tessa Thompson is 30 in my head.


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But in reality, she is 38.

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Without knowing, I’d think Andrew Garfield was 29.


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But people, Andrew Garfield is also 38!


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I don’t believe Gabrielle Union is a day over 37.


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And yet, Gabrielle Union is 49.


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Sandra Bullock is 45 to me.


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But in real life, Sandra Bullock is 57.

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In my mind, Vin Diesel is 40.


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But the fact is, Vin Diesel is 54.


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I thought Gabourey Sidibe was like…26, and I just asked my sister and she thought she was 25.

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But she’s 39.


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Zoe Kazan is like 27, right?


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WRONG. Zoe Kazan is 38.


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I thought Sebastian Stan was like 35.


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Turns out he’s 39.


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In my opinion, Dave Franco is 33.


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In reality, Dave Franco is 37.


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I thought Josh Duhamel was 42 max.


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But he is actually 49.

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We can all agree that Thomas Brodie-Sangster is 22, right?

NO. He’s not. He is 32.


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Adam Driver seems 32.


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And yet, Adam Driver is 38.


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I was pretttyyy sure Eddie Redmayne is 33.


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But no. Eddie Redmayne is 40.


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If you asked me, LL Cool J is 45.


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But his birth certificate would confirm he is 54.


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I would have guessed that Jennifer Lopez is 39.

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But she is 52.


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Shawn Wayans is 40 in my head.


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But actually, he’s 51.


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I thought Martha Stewart was around 65.


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But Martha Stewart is 80 — 80!!!

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Common has gotta be 42 at MOST.


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But nope, Common is 50.


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I’d have said Nicola Coughlan (from Bridgerton) is 28.


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I thought Keegan-Michael Key was no older than 44.

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But actually, he’s 51.


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I truly thought Alison Brie was 32.


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Turns out Alison Brie is 39.


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Who else here thought Pharrell Williams was 38?


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Because you’re wrong. He’s 49.


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In my brain, Laverne Cox can’t be older than 40.


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But in reality, she’s 50.


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I would have guessed Kieran Culkin is around 35…tops.


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He’s actually 39 IRL.

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In my personal opinion, Jim Parsons is 40.


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In real life, he is 49.


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I 100% thought Natalie Dormer was younger than 35.


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But Natalie Dormer is 40.


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In my silly little head, I thought Bianca Lawson was no older than 25.


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In actuality, Bianca Lawson is 43.

29.

IDK, I just figured Gina Rodriguez was 31.


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News flash: Gina Rodriguez is 37.

30.

Rob Lowe is 49 to me.


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The fact is, Rob Lowe is 58.

31.

And finally, Jason Earles from Hannah Montana seems like he is 24-ish.

But nope! Jason Earles is 45.


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