It was once said that you could tell who was gay at a Hollywood party simply by noting which actors were gathered around Judy Garland. She was my generation’s Madonna, or Lady Gaga.
I know that on November 3, 1956, I fell in love with her. That was the first time The Wizard of Oz played on television, and it was the first time I heard her sing Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The song became this gay boy’s personal National Anthem. I don’t know if that song has ever been covered by anyone else.
Happy Birthday, Miss Garland, and thank you, forever.