Judy Garland


Born Frances Ethel Gumm
Date of birth: June 10, 1922
Date of death: June 22, 1969


First role: The Wedding of Jack and Jill (Short, 1930)
Breakout role: Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Final role: Jenny Bowman in I Could Go On Singing (1963)

TMP’s favorite performance: Esther Blodgett in A Star is Born (1954)

Best known for…

…her powerful singing voice, despite her small stature

…roles in romantic Hollywood musicals

…playing Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, which is still considered by many to be one of the Hollywood’s all-time greatest films

Notable awards:

  • Honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960
  • Juvenile Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her performance in The Wizard of Oz
  • Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy for her work in A Star is Born
  • Honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1962
  • Honored with an Album of the Year Grammy in 1962 for “Judy at Carnegie Hall”

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