Judy Garland

Judy Garland

Age
47 (passed away Jun. 22nd, 1969)
Birthday
Jun. 10th, 1922
Born in
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
Height
4' 11 1/2

Judy Garland's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Judy Garland Show TV Show
The Judy Garland Show
60 Minutes II TV Show
60 Minutes II
Here's Hollywood TV Show
Here's Hollywood
 

Main Movie Roles

2007 - P.S. I Love You
2005 - The Family Stone
1985 - That's Dancing!
1962 - Gay Purr-ee
1961 - Judgment at Nuremberg
1954 - A Star Is Born
1950 - Summer Stock
1949 - In the Good Old Summertime
1948 - Easter Parade
1948 - The Pirate
1948 - Words and Music
1946 - The Harvey Girls
1946 - Till the Clouds Roll By
1944 - Meet Me in St. Louis
1943 - Girl Crazy
1943 - Thousands Cheer
1943 - Presenting Lily Mars
1942 - For Me and My Gal
1941 - Ziegfeld Girl
1941 - Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 - Babes on Broadway
1940 - Strike Up the Band
1940 - Little Nellie Kelly
1940 - Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1939 - Babes in Arms
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1938 - Love Finds Andy Hardy
1938 - Everybody Sing
1937 - Broadway Melody of 1938

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Herself
2
Herself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

She immediately attracted attention in such films as Pigskin Parade (1936), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) and Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), but Judy Garland didn't truly become a star until she was cast in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Her performance as Dorothy won her a special Juvenile Oscar, and it was this role, of course, that gave her her most famous song, "Over the Rainbow." She then appeared in a long string of classic MGM musicals, including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Easter Parade (1948) and several with her friend, Mickey Rooney (I). Unfortunately, the same studio that made her a star unwittingly made her a drug addict, providing her with amphetamines to keep her energy level high and her weight level down. This in turn kept her wide awake at night, unable to sleep, so she was given barbiturates to help her sleep. She soon couldn't live without these "wonder drugs." She also couldn't seem to live without a man, as she went through several affairs, often with older men, and by 1950 had been married twice, to bandleader David Rose (I) and director Vincente Minnelli. She had a daughter, Liza Minnelli, with Vincente. All during this time her drug intake had increased dramatically, which led to increasingly erratic behavior and she often failed to show up on time at the studio. MGM eventually couldn't take it any more, and her contract was terminated in 1950. She divorced Minnelli the following year and married producer Sidney Luft. Luft, the father of her daughter Lorna Luft and son Joey Luft, took it upon himself to orchestrate her comeback with a series of very successful concert tours. He also produced the film A Star Is Born (1954), in which many feel she gave her greatest performance. By now she was concentrating on her career as a singer, which was winning her more legions of fans. She continued touring throughout the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in three more films and starring in her own television variety show in 1963, which had to be canceled after one season because the competition, "Bonanza" (1959), was too strong. She divorced Luft and married actor Mark Herron (I); she divorced him when she found out he was gay, and married disco manager Mickey Deans. Throughout this time, however, she still continued her dependency on prescription drugs, and finally the inevitable happened: on the night of June 22, 1969, she overdosed on barbiturates and died. Thousands mourned the world over. It was a sad way to end, but she has left a great legacy: her many films and recordings, as well as her children. Liza and Lorna are now singers as well, carrying on the family tradition.


TRIVIA:
  • 3/23/90: Pictured on one of four 25 USA commemorative postage stamps honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp shows Judy Garland as Dorothy in _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv), along with Toto (portrayed by 'Terry (III)' (qv)). The other films honored were _Beau Geste (1939)_ (qv), _Stagecoach (1939)_ (qv), and _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv).
  • Her performance as Dorothy Gale in _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv) is ranked #17 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • She only performed "Over The Rainbow" twice during her many television appearances, which spanned 14 years. She performed it on her first TV Special, _"Ford Star Jubilee" (1955)_ (qv) episode, "The Judy Garland Special" in 1955, and sang it to her children on The Christmas Edition of her weekly _"The Judy Garland Show" (1963)_ (qv).
  • She performed with her sisters at the 1933-34 World's Fair in Chicago on the infamous midway (where 'Sally Rand' (qv) was the main attraction), more specifically in the Old Mexico Club, where they sold out every night. During their third week at the club, it unexpectedly closed due to an expired liquor license. Judy served as the grand marshal in a parade for "Children's Day" in early 1934. It was during their last day in Chicago that Frances Gumm changed her name to Judy Garland during a performance at the Oriental Theater.
  • The only witnesses present at her Las Vegas wedding to 'David Rose (I)' (qv) in 1941 were her mother and stepfather.
  • Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and later lived up in Lancaster, California. 'John Wayne (I)' (qv), then attending college at USC, was a neighbor of Judy's.
  • Her portrayal of Dorothy in _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv) was the inspiration for the character of Mary Ann on _"Gilligan's Island" (1964)_ (qv). (From Kansas, ponytails, lived on a farm with an aunt and uncle...).
  • Godfather of her daughter 'Lorna Luft' (qv) was 'Frank Sinatra' (qv)


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