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A Star is Born: Metaphorical Portraits of America


On June 22, 1969, Judy Garland was found dead in her Chelsea, London bathroom due to an accidental overdose of barbituates. Legend has it that a large F3 tornado hit Saline County, Kansas, that same morning, so she might have found her "over the rainbow" at last. Her exact time of death has been disputed. The exact cause has been disputed, too. But it makes for a good story, doesn't it? We're all searching for our own personal version of over the rainbow. And if a good story can affect us so deeply that it becomes a part of our daily reality, is that such a bad thing?

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