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So really. What is it about Judy Garland and Gene Kelly?

Firstly, they’re not a real couple. Sure, we fangirls on Tumblr joke around and sigh wistfully and shed tears over them, but there’s really no evidence of any kind that they were a couple. There’s nothing to suggest that they were anything more than just good friends.

Deliciously, they had a relationship unique to Hollywood—and they both knew and respected talent when they saw it. Judy gave Gene his start in the early 1940s, suggesting and championing that he play opposite her in For Me and My Gal. When Judy’s personal and health problems began to take over in the early 1950s, Gene turned around and returned Judy’s original selfless action by standing by her side during the filming of their last movie together and her last movie for MGM.

That’s enough material for any kind of love story.

To me, they complete each other onscreen. Where one may lack, the other excels, and where they both excel, they shine, they sparkle, they glow. They’re beautiful together. They have a rapport they lack with other people in their separate movies; there’s an ease and a spark between them that is so delicious. Look up any well-watched clip of them together on YouTube, you’ll see the same similar comments: “They had such chemistry”.

They’re just terrific. They’re talented, hardworking, amazing performers who both made an impressionable impact on film and in music. And THAT is “what is it?” about Judy and Gene.

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