"I’m homely" she said. "My neck is too short. I should have been a football player." A laugh. "I’m a hunchback. I’m little. My legs are long and my body is all hunched up and I have this funny nose and my face is all squashed down—"
Yes, Artie [Shaw] would say, hugging her. “Yes, that’s right, and you’re Judy, and Judy is beautiful, and if you’d only get that straight…”
She loved to hear this, but he had begun to understand that words of praise fell into a bottomless pit. She could not be reassured.
~Judy, by Gerold Frank