Such powerful words from someone who, despite her professional accomplishments (such as portraying Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz”), struggled deeply in her personal life. Judy was self-conscious and anxious about her appearance. Her self-image was mostly influenced by film execs, who constantly manipulated her onscreen physical appearance due to their misgivings about her looks.
Despite her long battle with her insecurities (amongst other things), Judy knew that she was talented and had a unique voice that resonated with many. Although she may have struggled with that truth, she knew that her talents were hers alone. It was her simply being the “First Rate Version of Herself”.
No one can portray YOU better that YOU can…so why pretend to be somebody else when you can be the best version of yourself.