There’s no place like Catholic College when a long-lost Hollywood artifact is found.
Judy Garland’s iconic Dorothy Gale blue gingham gown, which went mysteriously lacking a yr after it was gifted in 1972, was unearthed on campus final month, the Washington, DC, college introduced.
Matt Ripa, a lecturer and operations coordinator for drama and music on the Catholic College of America, was decluttering an area within the Hartke constructing when he stumbled throughout the valuable “Wizard of Oz” costume.
Whereas 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 gown.
“I couldn’t consider it,” Ripa mentioned within the weblog submit. “Evidently, I’ve discovered many attention-grabbing issues within the Hartke throughout my time at CUA, however I feel this one takes the cake.”
The yellowing gown included Garland’s identify handwritten on the inside and a hidden pocket the place the actress supposedly saved her handkerchief, based on Smithsonian journal.
Actress Mercedes McCambridge, who additionally served as an artist-in-residence on the college, gave one in every of Garland’s on-screen clothes to the Catholic College in 1972. However roughly one yr later, it disappeared. Regardless of an in depth search, it was by no means discovered — till now.
The college will maintain the gown protected to any extent further in its archives.
Garland’s gown not solely instructed the story of the yellow brick street but additionally added a shocking chapter to an intensive historical past of different lacking items of her iconic costume.
In 2005, her ruby slippers had been stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota when somebody smashed by means of a show case to snag the million-dollar kicks. They had been one in every of 4 an identical pairs featured in “The Wizard of Oz.”
However 13 years later, the pair of pink heels that transported Dorothy and Toto again dwelling had been returned by the FBI in 2018.