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
1985 - That's Dancing!
1985 - That's Dancing!
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 - Words and Music
1948 - The Pirate
1946 - The Harvey Girls
1946 - Till the Clouds Roll By
1944 - Meet Me in St. Louis
1943 - Thousands Cheer
1943 - Girl Crazy
1943 - Presenting Lily Mars
1942 - For Me and My Gal
1941 - Babes on Broadway
1941 - Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 - Ziegfeld Girl
1940 - Little Nellie Kelly
1940 - Strike Up the Band
1940 - Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1940 - Little Nellie Kelly
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1939 - Babes in Arms
1938 - Everybody Sing
1938 - Love Finds Andy Hardy
1937 - Broadway Melody of 1938

Guest TV Roles

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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.

  • The only witnesses present at her Las Vegas wedding to 'David Rose (I)' (qv) in 1941 were her mother and stepfather.
  • She was considered an icon in the gay community in the 1950s and 1960s. Her death and the loss of that emotional icon in 1969 has been thought to be a contributing factor to the feeling of the passing of an era that helped spark the Stonewall Riots that began the modern gay rights advocacy movement.
  • Replaced 'June Allyson' (qv) in the film _Royal Wedding (1951)_ (qv) after she became pregnant, but her failure to report to the set led to her being replaced by 'Jane Powell (III)' (qv).
  • Adding to her appeal within the gay community, Garland always acknowledged her gay fan base at a time when homosexuality was seldom even discussed. Late in her career and in dire need of money, she even accepted work singing in a New York City gay bar.
  • 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.
  • Betty Asher, who worked on the MGM lots, served as her maid of honor during her wedding to 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv) in 1945.
  • Her soulful and iconic performance of "Over The Rainbow" from _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv) claimed the #1 spot on June 22, 2004 in The American Film Institute's list of "The 100 Years of The Greatest Songs". The AFI board said "Over The Rainbow" have captured the nation's heart, echoed beyond the walls of a movie theater, and ultimately stand in our collective memory of the film itself. It has resonated across the century, enriching America's film heritage and captivating artists and audiences today.
  • Favorite actor was 'Robert Donat' (qv) (best known for his portrayal of the title character in the film _Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)_ (qv)).

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