By  on October 21, 2009

The good ole’ days of celebrity journalism. When profile writers would (or could) set the scene with a line like, “On the table by the window stood two bottles of vodka and some quinine water.” So read the introduction to WWD’s March 1967 interview with Judy Garland, who, just days before, had signed on to play Helen Lawson in the film version of “Valley of the Dolls,” a role generally thought to have been inspired by fellow performer Ethel Merman. (Garland, for her part, was the model for the ill-fated “Dolls” character Neely O’Hara.)


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