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Judy Garland was known as an American actress and singer. She is most famous for being the star of many classic films including the lead role of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”.



Judy Garland was born as Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The little girl of vaudeville performers, she started her stage career early as a little girl. Garland was designated with the nickname "Baby Gumm" and sang "Signal Bells" at her first open performance at two years old. With her two older sisters, Susie and Jimmie, Garland started performing as part of the Gumm Sisters.


After her learning experiences with her sisters, Garland proceeded on her way to film fame. One of her first feature film roles was in Pigskin Parade (1936). Playing a young lady, Garland went on to co-star in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), with her real life companion Mickey Rooney. The two demonstrated to be a matching with great chemistry, and they co-featured in a few more Andy Hardy movies.

In addition to the fact that she was working a great deal, Garland was experiencing strain and stress from the studio about her looks and her weight. She was offered amphetamines to help her vitality and control her weight. Sadly, Garland turned out to be dependent on this prescription, alongside requiring different substances to support her rest. Medication issues would torment her all through her career.

In 1939, Garland scored one of her most noteworthy on-screen triumphs with The Wizard of Oz, which exhibited her singing gifts just as her acting abilities. She got an exceptional Academy Award for her depiction of Dorothy, the young lady from Kansas transported to Oz. She also made a few additional musicals, including Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes of Broadway (1942), with Rooney, and For Me and My Gal (1943), with Gene Kelly.

Personal Life


Garland married out of the blue at 19 years old. Her marriage with bandleader David Rose was a quick and fast union. On the movie set of Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), another of Garland's classic films, she met director Vincent Minnelli. She formally separated from Rose in 1945 and married Minnelli soon after. The couple gave birth to a little girl, Liza, in 1946. Sadly, Garland's second marriage only lasted a little bit longer than her attempt. The Garland-Minnelli marriage was over by 1949 and they officially separated in 1952.

Date modified: Aug 9, 2020
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