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June 10, 1997

       Saint Of The Day:

            Judy Garland

was born Frances Gumm on this day in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1922. She was one of the most popular singers and movie actresses of her time, and she won first fame by teaming up with another American ikon, Mickey Rooney, in a series of musicals for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a studio that boasted"more stars than there are in the heavens." Garland's biggest hit was, of course, "The Wizard of Oz," a movie that still entertains countless youngsters even today. "Wizard" was two years in the making. By contrast, Garland and Rooney would often complete one of their pictures in 30 days or less. "Babes in Arms" was done in 32 days, and it may have been the best picture either Mickey or Judy ever made. In Mickey Rooney's autobiography, "Life Is Too Short," Rooney tells about Judy. "I don't think I knew how good Judy really was until 'Babes in Arms.' Her comic timing was terrific. She could also deliver a poignant line with just the right amount of hesitation, slowly enough for the sadness to hit hard, but still stay short of schmaltz. She could also turn on the intensity when she had to, memorize great chunks of script, and ad-lib, too. With other actresses, I had to play everything straight. If I tried to clown around with a novice, fiddle with the timing or ad-lib, I'd rattle her and ruin the scene. With Judy, it was the exact opposite. We actually tried to throw each other off track, tried to get the other one to mess up a scene.... I couldn't rattle Judy. She couldn't rattle me. In a dance number, I'd step on her foot. Then she'd step on mine. That wasn't in the script. But, often enough, Berkeley [the director, Busby Berkeley] would like it, and shout out, 'Good! Great! Print it!' To anyone watching us together, we were just two kids having fun. Mr. Mayer knew he was on to something good. He didn't need to look at the box office receipts (although, of course, he did). He sensed the special something between me and Judy. He would end up putting us in five more musicals together, all of them hits." In her later years, Judy Garland became a most popular recording artist. She gave huge concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall. And she appeared in nightclubs the world over. Trouble is, toward the end of her life, she turned to drugs. Rooney blames Hollywood for that, which had trained Judy to expect magical, instant solutions to everything. "Did Judy have a pimple? A studio magician would make it vanish. Were her breasts too big, or too small? The magician would flatten them, or pump them up. She never had a normal adolescence, where kids learn to cope with life's problems, test their equipment, learn what works and what doesn't. Cast loose from MGM, she bobbed up and down on stormy seas, never quite sure how to stay afloat. She could never accept herself, so she was always on the run, trying to escape, always turning away from an acceptance of her individuality." , With an expensive drug habit, Judy soon had money problems, and problems with the IRS that she never quite extricated herself from. She wound up with many husbands and lovers -- but, as Rooney said, she had "many takers and few givers." She died of an overdose, in London, in 1969. Rooney again: "There will never be another talent like Judy Garland's, never anyone who could sing with such heart. Other singers sing the words, Judy never lost the thought behind the words, never lost the poetry."

MODEL: Whatever talent you have, play it with heart. But don't lead with your heart. Protect yourself in the clinches. Use your common sense. And don't indulge in magical thinking. If you've got big problems, Bunkie, the lottery won't solve them. Even if you WIN the lottery.

Your Birthday Today:

June 10
 Day of the Pendulum

Adventurous, Qualified, Vital

Tormented, Emotional, Unpredictable

Polar personality. If you were born on June 10, you swing up and down like a pendulum, from light to dark, happy to sad, manic to depressant. This can drive yourself and those around you crazy. When in a tight jam, you often become unusually nervy. Some may think you cheerful but underneath, there's a darker side. Ruled by the number 1 and the sun, you are stubborn but like to appear easy-going.

Human insight. More mature June 10 people tend to learn something about the human condition in their widely swinging up and down life. They see the worst and best of themselves and others, in both joyous and extremely sad occasions. Less mature types experience the same extremes but learn nothing from it.

Wild side. Extreme, volatile emotions like fear, anger, and passion attract and excite you. You may be able to hide it under a bubbly exterior, but the dark side is there. This may be why you are attracted to friends and lovers who are out of control. Exploring and experimenting with these forces provides lifelong fascination for you.

Advice for polar types: Channel your fascination with the dark side in a positive, open way, such as in your work. You could be very successful. If you keep your light and dark sides separate you could develop Jeckyl and Hyde personalities. Understand yourself and your problems. Avoid escapism.

Also born on this day: Judy Garland (actress, singer, dancer) Dan Fouts (Chargers QB) Richard Foreman (theater director, playwright) Grace Mirabella (Vogue editor, Mirabella publisher) Portia Porter (female bullfighter) Hattie McDaniel (actress, first Af.-American to win Oscar) F. Lee Bailey (defense attorney) Nat Henthoff (journalist, jazz critic) Gustave Courbet (French painter) Howlin' Wolf (blues singer, songwriter, guitarist) Robert Maxwell (British newspaper owner)