Somewhere Over the Rainbow: You'll need a pot of gold to buy
USINFO | 2013-12-04 15:47

This is 1231 Stone Canyon Rd in the privileged enclave of Bel Air.

It's just a few miles from Hollywood and the studios that founded Tinseltown in the former Mexican desert, back in the glory days of the movie industry.

It was built in 1938 for child star extraordinaire Judy Garland, who was 16 at the time and had just landed a role in a film called The Wizard of Oz.

Follow the red brick road: 1231 Stone Canyon Rd in Bel Air, L.A, was built for Judy Garland in 1938 by famed California architect Wallace Neff - it could be yours for $7.1 million

Now, like many a Hollywood star, its had a facelift, and has hit the real estate market with a price tag of $7.1 million.

The 2.5 acre Bel Air estate was designed for Garland, who died from a drugs overdose in 1969 aged 47, by famed California architect Wallace Neff.

It even, perhaps coincidentally, features a winding brick path, which although not yellow, looks like a miniature version of the road to Oz followed by Dorothy and her friends in the iconic film.

According to reports Ms Garland shared the home with her sister, mother, and grandmother.


Fit for a movie star: Wallace Neff is responsible for shaping the architecture of Hollywood and also built homes for Cary Grant and Groucho Marx


A black and white photograph shows Judy, aged 18 at this point, posing in the front garden in a plaid dress and Mary Jane shoes, smiling happily.

The refit cost the current owner, Stephanie Booth Murray, who bought the house last year for $5.2 million, a cool 2 million.

Child star: Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

She added a meticulously landscaped backyard with an outdoor pool, separate cabanas, and restored an original 'writer’s cabin.'

Sadly, it would seem that Judy, who was born Frances Ethel Gumm, didn't get much of a chance to enjoy the dream home that was created just for her.

To keep up with the frantic pace of making one film after another, Garland and other young performers were constantly given amphetamines, as well as barbiturates to take before going to bed.

For Garland, this regular dose of drugs led to addiction and a lifelong struggle and contributed to her eventual demise.
She later resented the hectic schedule and felt that her youth had been stolen from her by MGM.

Despite successful film and recording careers, awards, critical praise and her ability to fill concert halls worldwide, she was plagued throughout her life with self-doubt.

The five times married icon later spent time in New York and London, it was in the British capital that she was found dead in her bathroom in Chelsea on June 22



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