Among Marlene Dietrich’s many friends in the industry was Judy Garland. The personas of the two couldn’t have been more different, yet they remained longtime friends and once shared an apartment building in the 1960’s. Marlene, the epitome of otherworldly glamor and chic, sharply contrasted with Judy’s humanity and humorous outlook on life, never taking herself too seriously and having a glorious time teasing those who did.
So as you might imagine, Judy had a field day with her good friend Marlene. Always a wicked impersonator with a real knack for mimicry, Judy could “do” Marlene to a t, and employed her talent both privately and publicly.
Here she is fooling around at a rehearsal, making fun of Marlene’s low voice.
In an appearance on the Jack Paar Show in 1964, Judy recounted a story about a strange record that Marlene put on at a party.
When the two shared an apartment building, Marlene was the frequent target of pranks at Judy’s hand, as Judy thought it was great fun to mess with someone who took herself so very seriously. Nonetheless, the two remained good friends until Judy’s death in 1969.