10 Jun '13, 11am

Today in 1922: Actress Judy Garland is born. Dorothy's ruby slippers, the "Oz" Technicolor camera, and script

Today in 1922: Actress Judy Garland is born. Dorothy's ruby slippers, the "Oz" Technicolor camera, and script

For generations, this 1939 MGM fantasy musical has held a cherished place in American popular culture. Based on the classic children’s book by L. Frank Baum, it tells the story of Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl transported to the magical Land of Oz. With its dazzling special effects, costumes, and sets rendered in vibrant Technicolor, The Wizard of Oz represents one of the greatest achievements in movie magic. Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, 1938 Sixteen-year-old Judy Garland wore these sequined shoes as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz . In the original book by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy’s magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road. One of several pairs used during filming, these size-five shoes are well-worn, suggesting they were Garland’s primary pair for dancing scenes. Script for The Wiza...

Full article: http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures/wizard-of-oz

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