John Fricke is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent Wizard Of Oz and Judy Garland historian. In the last twenty-five years, his seven books on those topics have sold more than a quarter-million copies. He’s the recipient of two television Emmy Awards as co-producer and co-writer of Garland documentaries (for the PBS American Masters and A&E Biography series) and a Grammy nominee for his liner notes for Capitol’s 25th Anniversary Garland Retrospective on CD.
John has served as co-producer and spokesman for Warner Bros., Turner Entertainment, and MGM for their Oz and Garland home video projects. He appears in the new documentary about The Making of The Wizard of Oz, included in the Oz 75th anniversary DVD set. He also delivers the commentary track on that Oz DVD, as well as on seven other Garland DVD releases. In 2012, John co-hosted Judy’s 90th birthday telecasts on TCM with Robert Osborne. He has spoken about Oz and Garland everywhere from New York’s Museum of Modern Art to the Los Angeles Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Deauville Film Festival.
The latest Fricke books are Judy: A Legendary Film Career (which details her motion picture work with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, review quotes, and comments from her coworkers) and The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic. The latter traces one hundred and thirteen years of Oz books, films, stage productions, and products and contains over three hundred illustrations drawn from more than 50,000 items in the Willard Carroll/Tom Wilhite Oz Collection — the largest in the world.