TravelGuides – Judy Garland’s missing ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress found decades later

TravelGuides – Judy Garland’s missing ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress found decades later

There’s no place like Catholic University when an extended-misplaced Hollywood artifact is found.

Judy Garland’s iconic Dorothy Gale blue gingham dress, which went mysteriously missing a 12 months after it was gifted in 1972, was unearthed on campus final month, the Washington, DC, university announced.

Matt Ripa, a lecturer and operations coordinator for drama and music on the Catholic University of America, was decluttering an area within the Hartke constructing when he stumbled throughout the dear “Wizard of Oz” costume.

While he was cleansing, Ripa noticed a trash bag on prime of a set of mailboxes and was curious as to what was inside. To his shock, it was a shoebox containing the blue-and-white dress.

Judy Garland's gingham dress
Matt Ripa found the growing older iconic costume hidden in a shoebox.
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“I couldn’t believe it,” Ripa mentioned within the weblog put up. “Needless to say, I have found many interesting things in the Hartke during my time at CUA, but I think this one takes the cake.”

The yellowing dress included Garland’s identify handwritten on the inside and a hidden pocket the place the actress supposedly saved her handkerchief, according to Smithsonian magazine.

The dress also includes Judy Garland's signature inside.
The dress additionally contains Judy Garland’s identify handwritten on the inside.
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Actress Mercedes McCambridge, who additionally served as an artist-in-residence on the college, gave one of Garland’s on-display attire to the Catholic University in 1972. But roughly one 12 months later, it disappeared. Despite an intensive search, it was by no means found — till now.

The college will preserve the dress secure any more in its archives.

Wizard of Oz still
Judy Garland (left, in a scene with Margaret Hamilton because the Wicked Witch of the West) wore the traditional blue gingham dress in “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939.
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Garland’s dress not solely instructed the story of the yellow brick street but additionally added a shocking chapter to an intensive historical past of different missing items of her iconic costume.

In 2005, her ruby slippers have been stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota when somebody smashed by way of a show case to snag the million-greenback kicks. They have been one of 4 similar pairs featured in “The Wizard of Oz.”

But 13 years later, the pair of pink heels that transported Dorothy and Toto again dwelling have been returned by the FBI in 2018.

TravelGuides – Judy Garland’s missing ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress found decades later