Classic Movie Anecdote: The Wizard of Oz and “Over the Rainbow”

Celebrating the Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz on August 25, 1939 with a Classic Movie Anecdote!

The Wizard of Oz was released nationally in the US on this day in 1939. That said, I just wanted to share this fun little anecdote told by Meredith Ponedel, niece of Dottie Ponedel who was Judy Garland’s make-up artist (and make-up artist to MANY other Hollywood icons)…

In this clip from our “Classic Movies & More” YouTube Channel, Meredith shares her childhood memories about the time Judy Garland called the house and sang “Over the Rainbow” to Meredith over the phone. Meredith was so young, she really didn’t understand the importance of this — and I hate to tell you what she did! So, please watch the video clip to find out!  Enjoy!

Hope this video made you laugh as much as I did 🙂

The Classic Movies & More YouTube Channel is a partnership between Classic Movie Hub (@ClassicMovieHub), Once Upon a Screen (@Citizen Screen) and Rob Medaska — all die-hard classic movie fans who want to share everything we can with you about the classics!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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10 Responses to Classic Movie Anecdote: The Wizard of Oz and “Over the Rainbow”

  1. Micky Pizarro says:

    What a wonderful memory and story. Lol…..this was awesome

  2. Hysterical! Thank you for sharing AnnMarie!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      Meredith was sooooo wonderful to speak with, and her stories were priceless… it was such a pleasure to spend time with her!

  3. Shelia says:

    So funny! Typical of a young, innocent child, and so like what the kind of person I believe Judy was….not full of herself. Wonderful!

  4. victoria lang says:

    Oh I so enjoyed this little happy interview. In this crazy mixed up world, we really
    need more things to make us happy, as this interview did.
    thank you,
    victoria

  5. In 2016 it might sound really corny & dated,but “The Wizard Of Oz” is & always will be my “all time favorite movie”! It gives me a warm fuzzy everytime I watch it & still after all this time(i’m 62 now),whenever I listen to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” I tear up a little. I’ll never forget when I went to our neighbors to watch “The Wizard Of Oz” on their new COLOR TV(first time I ever saw a “color tv”),when Dorothy stepped out of the house & everything went color,I was absolutely blown away(like trippin!). Too bad they don’t make movies like that anymore,that the “whole family” could sit down n watch together & be transported together to a totally “magical place”!

    • Annmarie Gatti says:

      I don’t think it sounds corny or dated at all! It’s a classic among classics! and, no mere words can describe how incredibly talented Judy Garland was IMHO anyway 🙂 Thanks so much for posting here.

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