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Judy Garland's 'Meet Me in St. Louis' Costar Margaret O'Brien Praises Zellweger's 'Judy' Performance

Saturday Nov 30, 2019
Margaret O'Brien and Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis"
Margaret O'Brien and Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis"  

Actor Margaret O'Brien, who starred with Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis," is praising Renèe Zellweger's performance as the Hollywood legend in the biopic "Judy."

As a child, O'Brien and Garland starred in the 1944 Vincente Minnelli musical playing sisters. Garland played older sister Esther while O'Brien was the youngest sister Tootie.

"Renèe Zellweger's performance is fabulous," she told Entertainment Weekly, adding that the "Chicago" star's portrayal of Garland was "not the Judy I knew."

"Hers was more after things had gone wrong in life. Certain things had gone wrong — career things, money things," she went on to say. "That was more that side of Judy in the later years. But the Judy I saw was in the happy years, and I'm glad I did see that part of Judy."

O'Brien also said she opes Zellweger wins an Oscar for her performance as Garland.

"I really do. I think that'll make up a little bit when Judy should have had the award. That was I think everybody's greatest disappointment," she told EW. "People realize today that was sort of a travesty that she did not get the award. So I'm hoping that it does not happen to Renée Zellweger, and that she gets the award this time to make up a little bit for Judy not getting it."

Zellweger has been nominated for three Academy Awards, winning for her Best Supporting Actress in "Cold Mountain" in 2003.

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