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:
  • Was pregnant with her first child 'Liza Minnelli' (qv) while filming her minor role in _Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)_ (qv). In order to hide her pregnant stomach she was hidden behind stacks of dishes while singing "Look For The Silver Lining". She had also recorded a song "Do You Love Me", which was cut before release. Her scenes were directed by her then husband 'Vincente Minnelli' (qv).
  • 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.
  • 1961: Her record "Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall" garnered five Grammy Awards and remained at the top of Billboard's charts for two months.
  • As a teenager on the MGM lots, she was good friends with 'Lana Turner' (qv) and 'Ann Rutherford (I)' (qv).
  • Was replaced by 'Ginger Rogers' (qv) in the film _The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)_ (qv) after being suspended from MGM for her tardiness.
  • Her daughter 'Liza Minnelli' (qv) was once married to 'Jack Haley Jr.' (qv), the son of her _The Wizard of Oz (1939)_ (qv) co-star 'Jack Haley (I)' (qv), who played the Tin Man.
  • 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).
  • 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.


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