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 Technicolor classic directed by George Cukor (My Fair Lady, The Philadelphia Story, The Women). One of the most beloved show-business stories of all time, the movie represents a career peak for many involved. Garland is 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. Songs include “The Man That Got Away,” “Here’s What I’m Here For” and “Someone at Last.” A Star is Born was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Mason) and Best Actress (Garland).