Remembering Judy Garland

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Judy Garland, mostly known for playing Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, would have turned 95 years old on June 10.

Garland, was born as Frances Ethel Gumm, in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1922.

She performed in vaudeville with her two older sisters before signing with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) when she was a teenager in 1935.

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MGM

After making more than two dozen movies with MGM – including Oz, Babes in Arms, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Harvey Girls and Easter Parade – she separated from the film studio in 1950.

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Warner Bros.

Garland made her Hollywood comeback in 1954 with a remake of A Star is Born, produced by Warner Bros. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and was expected to win, but lost to Grace Kelly. However, she was awarded with a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a a Musical.

After A Star is Born, Garland appeared in a few other films, with her last one being I Could Go On Singing in 1963.

She made appearances on television beginning in 1955 and eventually had her own special The Judy Garland Show, which aired for one season on CBS from 1962-1963.

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The Judy Room

In between doing he final films and TV, Garland performed a concert at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961, which has been called “the greatest night in show business history.” It was later turned into an album, titled Judy at Carnegie Hall. The record stayed at number one for 13 weeks on the Billboard charts, was certified gold and won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

On her personal life, Garland was married five times and had three children, Liza Minnelli with ex-husband director Vincente  Minnelli, and Lorna and Joseph Luft with her ex Sidney Luft.

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After many, many years of battling prescription drugs and alcohol abuse, among other ailments, Judy Garland passed away on June 22, 1969 at the age of 47.

In 40+ years of films, radio, TV and winning multiple awards, Judy Garland has been called one of the greatest entertainers to have lived, and she definitely was.

RIP Judy❤️

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Liza Minnelli’s Surprise and Rare Performance in Touch Tribute to mother Judy Garland

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Liza Minnelli surprised fans at the music venue Feinstein’s at the Nikko in San Francisco on Friday (October 1st) when she made an unannounced appearance and performed a moving tribute to her mother, the late Judy Garland.

Minnelli sang a duet with Michael Feinstein on the song “I Love a Piano,” a song featured in Garland and Fred Astaire’s movie Easter Parade.

Read more about Minnelli’s touching mini-concert at People.com here.