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Profile: Judy Garland

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Profile: Judy Garland

Veteran Times Writer

Frances Ethel Gumm came into this world on June 10,1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was the youngest of three girls, her sisters being Mary Jane and Dorothy Viginia Gumm. She was nicknamed Baby Gumm.

In 1934, Frances changed her name to Judy. The whole family changed their last name to Garland because back then, some people laughed at the last name Gumm. Frances took the name Judy mainly because she thought it had a peppy sound.

During her life, Judy was married five times, in this order: David Rose, Vincente Minnelli, Sid Luft, Mark Herron and Mickey Deans. She gave birth to her first daughter, Liza Minnelli, in 1946. Liza is now a well-known actress and concert singer. In 1952, her second daughter, Lorna Luft, was born, followed by her son, Joey Luft in 1955.

Sadly, Judy died on June 22, 1969, just twelve days after her forty-seventh birthday. Officially, she died due to an overdose of sleeping pills. But there were rumors circulating that she died from other causes, because she was very ill during the last years of her life, and she had a case of hepatitis in 1959. Judy was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery, in Hartsdale, New York, on June 27, 1969.

Judy Garland Filmography

  1. I Could Go On Singing, 1963 [Jenny Bowman]
  2. A Child Is Waiting, 1963 [Jean Hansen]
  3. Gay Purr-ee, 1963 [voice of Mewsette]
  4. Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961 [Irene Hoffman]
  5. Pepe, 1960 [voice)
  6. A Star Is Born, 1954 [Esther Blodgett]
  7. Summer Stock, 1950 [Jane Falbury]
  8. In the Good Old Summertime, 1949 [Veronica Fisher]
  9. Words and Music , , 1948 [Herself]
  10. Easter Parade, 1948 [Hannah Brown]
  11. The Pirate, 1948 [Manuela Alva]
  12. Till the Clouds Roll By, 1946 [Marilyn Miller]
  13. Ziegfeld Follies of, 1946, 1946 ["The Star"]
  14. The Harvey Girls MGM, , 1946 [as Susan Bradley]
  15. The Clock , 1945 [as Alice Mayberry]
  16. Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944 [as Esther Smith]
  17. Thousands Cheer, 1943 [as Herself]
  18. Girl Crazy , 1943 [as Ginger Gray]
  19. Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 [as Lily Mars]
  20. For Me and My Gal, 1942 [as Jo Hayden]
  21. We Must Have Music MGM short subject, , 1941
  22. Babes on Broadway, 1941 [as Penny Morris]
  23. Life Begins for Andy Hardy, 1941 [as Betsy Booth]
  24. Ziegfeld Girl, 1941 [as Susan Gallagher]
  25. Little Nellie Kelly, 1940 [as Nellie Kelly and Little Nellie Kelly]
  26. Strike Up the Band, 1940 [as Mary Holden]
  27. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, 1940 [as Betsy Booth]
  28. If I Forget You, 1940 [as Herself]
  29. Babes in Arms, 1939 [as Patsy Barton]
  30. The Wizard of Oz , 1939 [as Dorothy Gale]
  31. Listen, Darling, 1938 [as Pinkie Wingate]
  32. Love Finds Andy Hardy, 1938 [as Betsy Booth]
  33. Everybody Sing, 1938 [as Judy Bellaire]
  34. Silent Night Christmas Trailer, , 1937 [as Herself]
  35. Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, 1937 [as Cricket West]
  36. Broadway Melody of, 1938, 1937 [as Betty Clayton]
  37. Pigskin Parade, 1936 [as Sairy Dodd]
  38. Every Sunday, 1936 [as Judy]
  39. La Fiesta de Santa Barbara, 1935 [as one of The Garland Sisters]
  40. Bubbles [as one of The Gumm Sisters]
  41. The Wedding of Jack and Jill [as one of The Gumm Sisters]
  42. A Holiday in Storyland [as one of The Gumm Sisters]
  43. The Big Revue, 1929 [as one of The Gumm Sisters]

I myself consider Judy garland to be a super actress. I think she was awesome in The Wizard of Oz especially. I think that's what she is most recognized and liked for, her role of Dorothy Gale.

Until next time,



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