Judy Garland (1922-1969)
The Wizard of Oz, Babes in Arms, Love Finds Andy Hardy.
Died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose. She was 47.
Signed to MGM contract in 1935, at age 13, initially drawing a weekly salary of $100.
Costarred with fellow studio kid Deanna Durbin in the 1936 short, Every Sunday, essentially an audition reel to help MGM brass decide which teen-aged singing star to keep. MGM opted for Garland; Universal signed Durbin.
Made 11 films with fellow MGM star Mickey Rooney. Most, but not all, involved barns-slash-makeshift theatrical venues.
Signed to her first recording contract in 1936, at age 14, with Decca.
Presented with a special Academy Award, at age 17, for her performance in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. As an adult actor, earned two Oscar nominations, for 1954's A Star Is Born and 1961's Judgment at Nuremberg.
Married five times, divorced four times.
Mother of well-known entertainer Liza Minnelli, and lesser-known entertainer Lorna Luft.
Lifelong addiction to drugs reputedly spurred by her movie studio bosses in the 1930s.
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