A Star is Born (1954)
Judy Garland had no better showcase of her formidable singing and acting talent than as the title “star” of 1954's A Star is Born, the moving, memorable classic directed by George Cukor.
One of the most beloved show-business stories of all time, the movie represents a career peak for many involved. Garland stars as singer Esther Blodgett, an undeniable talent on the rise. She catches the eye of Norman Maine (James Mason), an alcoholic actor in career decline. Their intense love transforms them both.
Garland performs one superb song after another (most by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin) in a production that exhilarates with its craft and style even as its story moves toward a heartbreaking finale. A Star is Born was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress nominations for both Mason and Garland respectively.