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Judy Garland

Actress Judy Garland

Full Name: Frances Ethel Gumm
Profession: Actress

United States of America

Why Famous: Described by Fred Astaire as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived" and renowned for her contralto voice, she will always be synonymous with "The Wizard of Oz".

Born: June 10, 1922
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: June 22, 1969 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Her coroner determined the cause as an unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates.

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Married Life

  • 1941-07-27 American singer and actress Judy Garland (19) weds British-American musician David Rose (31); divorce in 1944
  • 1945-06-15 American singer and actress Judy Garland (23) weds American director Vincente Minnelli (42); divorce in 1951
  • 1952-06-08 American singer and actress Judy Garland (29) weds American producer Sidney Luft (36) in Hollister, California; divorce in 1965
  • 1965-11-14 American singer and actress Judy Garland (43) weds American actor Mark Herron (37); divorce in 1969
  • 1969-03-15 American singer and actress Judy Garland (46) weds American nightclub manager Mickey Deans, at Chelsea Register Office, London, England

Historical Events

  • 1924-12-26 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as 'Baby Frances', makes her show business debut
  • 1939-08-15 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)
  • 1943-11-26 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie "Girl Crazy" released
  • 1944-11-22 Film musical "Meet Me In St Louis", starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1954-09-29 The first remake of "A Star Is Born", starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
  • 1955-02-24 12th Golden Globes: "On The Waterfront", Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win
  • 1963-09-29 "The Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1963-10-06 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Judy Garland Show"
  • 1965-12-17 The Houston Astrodome opens; 1st event is a concert by Judy Garland with The Supremes as opening act
  • 1970-05-17 Anonymous buyer purchases one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" for $15,000 at MGM Studio auction, and donates them to the Smithsonian Institute

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