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Judy Garland (1922-1969)

Then:
The Wizard of Oz, Babes in Arms, Love Finds Andy Hardy.

Now:
Died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose. She was 47.

FYI:

  • 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.

    Links:

  • Judy Garland Database
  • Wizard of Oz Online
  • IMDB.com credits


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