Judy Garland

Judy Garland

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

Judy Garland's Main TV Roles

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

Main Movie Roles

2012 - Katy Perry: Part of Me
2007 - P.S. I Love You
2005 - The Family Stone
1962 - Gay Purr-ee
1961 - Judgment at Nuremberg
1954 - A Star Is Born
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 - Presenting Lily Mars
1943 - Thousands Cheer
1942 - For Me and My Gal
1941 - Ziegfeld Girl
1941 - Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 - Babes on Broadway
1940 - Little Nellie Kelly
1940 - Little Nellie Kelly
1940 - Strike Up the Band
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

[none found]


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.

  • Offered the lead role in _The Three Faces of Eve (1957)_ (qv), but turned down the role because the storyline bore too many resemblances to her own personal life. The role was then given to 'Joanne Woodward (I)' (qv) who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
  • Was considered for the role of Careen O'Hara in _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv), but the role was eventually given to 'Ann Rutherford (I)' (qv), so Judy immediately began working on _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv), a film which was considered for as early as 1937.
  • Has a special variety of rose named after her. The petals are yellow (Garland adored yellow roses) and the tips are bright red. It took devoted fans almost nine years after her death to find a rose company in Britain interested in naming a rose officially for her, and the Judy Garland rose didn't appear in the US until 1991. Several JG rose bushes are planted outside of her burial crypt, and at the Judy Garland museum in Grand Rapids.
  • She discouraged her children from entering show business, pointing out her financial and health problems resulting from the nature of the entertainment business. Nevertheless, two of her children, 'Liza Minnelli' (qv) and 'Lorna Luft' (qv) both became entertainers. Her son Joe lives in relative anonymity as a freelance photographer.
  • 6/27/69: Her funeral was held in Manhattan at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home at Madison Ave. and 81st St., and 22,000 people filed past her open coffin over a 24-hour period. Ex-husband 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv) did not attend. 'James Mason (I)' (qv) delivered the eulogy. Her body had been stored in a temporary crypt for over one year. The reason for this is that no one had come forward to pay the expense of moving her to a permanent resting spot at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, NY. 'Liza Minnelli' (qv) had the impression that Judy's last husband, 'Mickey Deans' (qv), had made the necessary arrangements but Deans claimed to have no money. Liza then took on the task of raising the funds to have her properly buried. Death was caused by an "incautious self-overdosage of Seconal" which had raised the barbiturate level in her body beyond its tolerance.
  • 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).
  • Performed two songs in films that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: "Over the Rainbow" from _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv) and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" from _The Harvey Girls (1946)_ (qv). Performed four more songs that were nominated: "Our Love Affair" from _Strike Up the Band (1940)_ (qv), "How About You?" from _Babes on Broadway (1941)_ (qv), "The Trolley Song" from _Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)_ (qv), and "The Man That Got Away" from _A Star Is Born (1954)_ (qv). Performed others that became standards, including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from _Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)_ (qv).
  • Initially refused to appear in _Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)_ (qv) as she had recently begun to portray characters her own age, such as in _Presenting Lily Mars (1943)_ (qv), and was tired of playing virginal teenage characters. She later relented after much persuasion and not only did she meet her future husband 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv) on set but her performance in the film was also one of her most famous during her MGM years.

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