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- May 26, 2016
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Dorothy is twelve in the OZ books. That would be closer to the age of Miss Janet (I was advised I have to call her that per her song "Nasty" ). Lady D was considerably older and Liza's mom was 16, Dorothy Dwan was roughly 19, Violet McMillan was roughly 27, Bebe Daniels was nine, and Romola Remus was approximately eight years old when they respectively played Dororthy Gale on film.They might've thought Janet was a little too young, as she would've been 11 during the shoot. She'd only just started on "Good Times" and had no other formal acting or performing credits at that time.
Mills probably wasn't enough of a box office draw!
(Fairuza Balk was roughly ten years old when she played Dorothy)
As to Lady Sings The Blues - this was made during an era when historical accuracy for bio-pics was of eschewed in favor of drama and entertainment.
Sir Neville Marriner did not like the portrayal of W.A. Mozart in Amadeus but agreed to assist with the music to promote Mozart's music to a wider public, as arguably LSSTB did for Miss Billie Holiday. I find both films to being entertaining.