A new generation is set to fall in love with Judy Garland thanks to Renée Zellweger’s biopic about the iconic actress.
And Renée Zellweger spoke candidly with
The actress, 50, felt it was ‘extraordinary that it’s taken such a long time’ for attitudes towards women to take a turn for the better, though she felt, comparatively, there is more support for those struggling with drug addiction and eating disorders now.
Candid: Renée Zellweger admitted on Thursday she found it ‘extraordinary’ how attitudes towards women in Hollywood has only just begun to change since Judy Garland’s heyday
She explained to the publication: ‘It’s extraordinary that it’s taken such a long time but it’s been pervasive in our society, not just in the entertainment business.
‘I hope that it would be different today, especially for a child, that there would be more protections in place than back in Judy’s day.
‘And we know more about the dangers of medicating unnecessarily, about addiction and disordered eating and all of the things that Judy stumbled into because of being made to feel that she didn’t deserve what came from her talent.’
Judy, born Frances Ethel Gumm, started out in a vaudeville act with her older sisters and was made a global star by the Wizard Of Oz, which she started filming at the age of 16.
Honest: On how attitudes have changed, she said: ‘I hope that it would be different today, especially for a child, that there would be more protections in place than back in Judy’s day’
She became the ultimate star of Hollywood’s golden age of musicals, with films including Meet Me In St Louis, Easter Parade and A Star Is Born.
The film tells the story of Garland’s final five-week residency at the Talk Of The Town in London in 1969, just six months before her death from a drug overdose aged 47.
Drug addicted from her teens, married five times, defrauded, beaten and betrayed, Judy tried to kill herself so often that daughter Liza Minelli reportedly had her own stomach pump — to save her mother after overdoses.
Struggles: Judy was made a global star by the Wizard Of Oz, but lead a difficult life as she was drug addicted in her teens, married five times, defrauded, beaten and betrayed
Dogged by ill health, money worries and addiction to pills at the time, her London appearances were mostly disastrous.
In March 1969, she married her fifth husband Mickey Deans, played in the movie by Finn Wittrock.
On June 22, Deans found Garland dead at their rented home in London’s Belgravia. She was 47 and died from an accidental overdose of barbiturates.
Drama: The film tells the story of Garland’s final five-week residency at the Talk Of The Town in London in 1969, just six months before her death from a drug overdose aged 47
Meanwhile, Renee also discussed the reaction to her appearance which sparked rumours that she had plastic surgery following a red carpet appearance in 2014.
Admitting that she doesn’t ‘seek out’ the negative speculation, Renée said: ‘On occasion, it’s really bad and someone asks me if I want to respond.
‘I usually don’t because what’s the point of that? It just becomes one side of an argument that I don’t want to participate in.’
She recently recalled a ‘painful’ experience when she overheard strangers negatively speaking about her appearance while she was on a train in London.
Struggle: Renee also said she didn’t ‘want to participate in’ speculation over her appearance following a red carpet appearance in 2014 that sparked rumours she’d had plastic surgery
The actress sat down with SiriusXM’s Jess Cagle to discuss the humiliation when she sat next to two women and a man who were discussing celebrities.
‘They were talking about Hollywood and how Hollywood ladies are so silly, especially that Renée Zellweger,’ she said.
‘How could she do that? Why would she go and have surgery on her face like we wouldn’t know? She doesn’t look like herself, and you can’t just do that where you go and don’t look like yourself, “cause we expect you to look like yourself.”‘
Read more: The October issue of Attitude magazine is out now
Renee thought ‘Wow, that’s interesting. Anyway, here’s my stop,’ as she recalled standing up and waiting for the door to open so she could go about her day, only to hear the man ‘still talking about how stupid I am.’
‘And he looked up and he said, “Oh God, you’re not — you are! Oh my God, but you look just like yourself!” And I said, “Yeah, it’s funny how that works, isn’t it?”‘
Judy is directed by Rupert Goold from a screenplay adaptation of Peter Quilter’s musical play End of the Rainbow, and is released in the UK on October 4.
The October issue of Attitude magazine is out now.
Out soon: Judy is directed by Rupert Goold from a screenplay adaptation of Peter Quilter’s musical play End of the Rainbow, and is released in the UK on October 4