Judy Garland

Birth Day June 22nd, 1922
Birth Place Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S
Age 101 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Gemini

Frances Ethel Gumm known as Judy Garland ( 1922 –  1969) was an American actress, singer, dancer, and vaudevillian. During a career that spanned 45 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a juvenile Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Special Tony Award. Garland was the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her live recording Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961).

Judy Garland and Sid Luft’s daughter Lorna reflects on the couple’s tumultuous marriage: ‘They loved each other’.

Judy Garland’s marriage to her third husband Sid Luft left an unforgettable impression on their daughter, Lorna Luft.

“My father was like a tough guy out of ‘Guys and Dolls’ and my mother felt that was a lot of fun,” the actress told Closer Weekly for the magazine’s latest issue.“They loved each other and had a real bond, but their relationship could be volatile because my dad had a temper and wouldn’t say no," she continued. "And she had a temper and wouldn’t say no. So that got interesting!”The couple tied the knot in 1952 and welcomed Lorna, now 66, that same year. Garland later gave birth to their son Joey in 1955. After 13 years of marriage, the pair called it quits in 1965. According to the outlet, while their marriage was turbulent, it was also the longest of Garland’s five unions.

The couple’s relationship is now the subject of a new Showtime documentary titled “Sid & Judy,” which is airing on October 18. Garland passed away in 1969 at age 47 from a barbiturate overdose. Luft died in 2005 at age 89 from a heart attack.

Famous for

  • American Actress, singer, dancer and vaudevillian.
  • The first woman to win the Grammy Award.

Early life of Judy Garland

Judy Garland was born on 10 June 1992 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, US. She holds American nationality with mixed ethnicity. Her birth name was Frances Ethel Gumm with the birth sign of Gemini and was born to mother Ethel Marion(1893–1953) and father Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm (1886–1935). She was called "Baby" by her parents and sisters Mary Jane Gumm and Dorothy Virginia Gumm.  Her first appearance came at the age of two-and-a-half when she joined her older sisters on the stage of her father's movie theater during a Christmas show and sang a chorus of "Jingle Bells". Regarding her education, She attended Hollywood Professional School and graduated later from Antelope High School.

Body Measurements of Judy Garland

How tall was Judy Garland?

Actress Judy Garland was 4ft 11 1/2 in tall with a weight of 81 kg. Furthermore, her charming smile was the reason for attraction to every fan.

Career of Judy Garland

  • Garland made her film debut in a short subject called The Big Revue (1929) with her sisters.
  • They next appeared together in Bubbles.
  • They were known as "The Gumm Sisters" for many years when they performed in Chicago at the Oriental Theater with George Jessel in 1934.
  • Frances changed her name to "Judy" soon after, inspired by a popular Hoagy Carmichael song.
  • In September 1935, Garland performed "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" and "Eli, Eli", a Yiddish song written in 1896 and very popular in vaudeville where The studio immediately signed Garland to a contract with MGM.
  • During her early years at the studio, she was photographed and dressed in plain garments or frilly juvenile gowns and costumes to match the "girl-next-door" image created for her.
  • Garland performed at various studio functions and was eventually cast opposite Deanna Durbin in the musical-short Every Sunday (1936).
  • Garland came to the attention of studio executives when she sang a special arrangement of "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" to Clark Gable at a birthday party that the studio arranged for the actor. 
  • Garland was then put in the cast of the fourth of the Hardy Family movies as a literal girl-next-door to Rooney's character Andy Hardy, in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938).
  • In 1938, she was cast in her best-remembered role, as the young Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939), a film based on the 1900 children's book by L. Frank Baum.
  • Wizard of Oz was a tremendous critical success, though its high budget and promotions costs of an estimated $4 million (equivalent to $72 million in 2019)
  • With the conclusion of filming, MGM kept Garland busy with promotional tours and the shooting of Babes in Arms (also 1939).
  •  At the 1939 Academy Awards ceremony, Garland received her only Academy Award, an Academy Juvenile Award for her performances in 1939, including The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Arms.
  • Garland starred in three films released in 1940: Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, Strike Up the Band, and Little Nellie Kelly.
  • Garland was given the "glamor treatment" in Presenting Lily Mars (1943), in which she was dressed in "grown-up" gowns. 
  • One of Garland's most successful films for MGM was Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), in which she introduced three standards: "The Trolley Song", "The Boy Next Door", and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". 
  • The Clock (1945) was Garland's first straight dramatic film; Robert Walker was cast in the main male role.
  • Garland's other films of the 1940s include The Harvey Girls (1946), in which she introduced the Academy Award-winning song "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe", and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946).
  • During filming for The Pirate in April 1947, Garland suffered a nervous breakdown and was placed in a private sanitarium.
  • She was able to complete filming, but in July she made her first suicide attempt, making minor cuts to her wrist with broken glass.
  • During the initial filming, Garland was taking prescription sleeping medication along with illicitly obtained pills containing morphine. Around this time, she also developed a serious problem with alcohol resulting in migraine headaches, which led her to miss several shooting days in a row.
  • MGM executive Arthur Freed made the decision to suspend her on July 18, 1948. 
  • When her suspension was over, she was back to work and ultimately performed two songs as a guest in the Rodgers and Hart biopic Words and Music (1948).
  • She returned to MGM to replace a pregnant June Allyson for the musical film In the Good Old Summertime (1949).
  • Garland underwent an extensive hospital stay at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, in which she was weaned off her medication. But after a while, she was able to eat and sleep normally. 
  • Garland returned to Los Angeles heavier, and in the fall of 1949, was cast opposite Gene Kelly in Summer Stock (1950). 
  • Garland was cast in the film Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire after June Allyson became pregnant in 1950. She failed to report to the set on multiple occasions, and the studio suspended her contract on June 17, 1950.
  • In September 1950, after 15 years with the studio, Garland and MGM parted company.
  • Garland made eight appearances during the 1950–51 season of The Bing Crosby – Chesterfield Show, which immediately reinvigorated her career. 
  • Following Garland's second suicide attempt, her friend Bing Crosby, knowing that she was depressed and running out of money, invited her on to his radio show – the first of the new season – on October 11, 1950.
  • In 1951, Garland began a four-month concert tour of Britain and Ireland, where she played to sold-out audiences throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland.
  • Garland appeared with James Mason in the 1954 Warner Bros. film A Star Is Born, the first musical remake of the 1937 film.
  • As shooting progressed, however, she began making the same pleas of illness that she had so often made during her final films at MGM.
  • Garland was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and, in the run-up to the 27th Academy Awards but She could not attend the ceremony because she had just given birth to her son, Joseph Luft.
  • Garland's films after A Star Is Born included Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) (for which she was Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated for Best Supporting Actress), the animated feature Gay Purr-ee (1962), and A Child Is Waiting (1963) with Burt Lancaster.
  • Her final film was I Could Go On Singing (1963), co-starring Dirk Bogarde.
  • Garland appeared in a number of television specials beginning in 1955.
  • The first was the 1955 debut episode of Ford Star Jubilee; this was the first full-scale color broadcast ever on CBS and was a rating triumph, scoring a 34.8 Nielsen rating.
  • In 1956, Garland performed for four weeks at the New Frontier Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for a salary of $55,000 per week.
  • At the beginning of 1960, Garland signed a contract with Random House to write her autobiography.
  • Her concert appearance at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961.
  • The two-record album Judy at Carnegie Hall was certified gold, charting for 95 weeks on Billboard, including 13 weeks at number one. It won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female Vocal of the Year.
  • In 1961, Garland and CBS settled their contract disputes with the help of her new agent The first, titled The Judy Garland Show, aired on February 25, 1962.
  • Following this success, CBS made a $24 million offer to her for a weekly television series of her own, also to be called The Judy Garland Show.
  • Garland's weekly series debuted September 29, 1963. The Judy Garland Show was critically praised.
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  • Garland was a life-long and relatively active Democrat.
  • After her television series was canceled, Garland returned to work on the stage. 
  • Garland made her last appearances at New York's Palace Theatre in July, a 27-show stand, performing with her children Lorna and Joey Luft.
  • By early 1969, Garland's health had deteriorated. She performed in London at the Talk of the Town nightclub for a five-week run in which she was paid £2,500 per week.
  • She made her last concert appearance in Copenhagen during March 1969.
Personal life of Judy Garland

Desperate for love, Garland married five times. In 1941, at the age of 19, she married composer, David Rose. Garland and Rose met in Las Vegas, but their marriage was short-lived. They divorced in 1944. The following year, Garland married her second husband, director Vincente Minnelli. They had a daughter together, Liza, but this marriage was also short-lived. Minnelli and Garland divorced in 1951. A year later, Garland married businessman Sid Luft, with whom she had two children, Joey and Lorna. They divorced in 1965. Garland married her fourth husband to actor Mark Herron but the two separated after only a few months as Garland claimed that Mark was abusive. Garland had been married to her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, for just three months when Deans found her dead in their bathroom. Deans remained loyal to Garland's memory and never remarried.

Death of Judy Garland

How did Judy Garland die?
Judy Garland was found dead in her bathroom at the age of 47. Into her adulthood, she was plagued by alcohol and substance abuse, as well as financial instability; she often owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. Her life-long addiction to drugs, including alcohol, ultimately led to her death in London from an accidental barbiturate overdose.

Net worth of Judy Garland

Multi-talented Judy Garland had a net worth of $20 million from her acting, singing and dancing career at the time of her death. 

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