A behind-the-scenes look at Judy Garland’s comeback in 1954’s ‘A Star is Born’
“A Star is Born” premiered this week in 1954. The film, a musical remake of the 1937 film of the same name, served as a comeback vehicle for star Judy Garland, who had fallen on hard times after her notable early career. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including noms for Garland and costar James Mason, and was later selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry. The story was retold once again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and a new version is currently in the works with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. In an Aug. 29, 1954, article, The Times’ Philip K. Scheuer previewed the film, noting that Garland’s performance was being lauded as a tour de force by attendees of sneak-preview screenings.