Judy Garland

Actress + Singer
Born Jun 10, 1922

Judy Garland was an American actress, singer and vaudevillian. Described by Fred Astaire as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived", she attained international stardom throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage.… Read More

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1922 Birth Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on June 10, 1922, the youngest child of Ethel Marion (Milne, November 17, 1893 – January 5, 1953) and Francis Avent "Frank" Gumm (March 20, 1886 – November 17, 1935). … Read More
1929 7 Years Old …  Through the Meglin Kiddies, they made their film debut in a 1929 short subject called The Big Revue, where they performed a song-and-dance number called "That's the good old sunny south". … Read More


1934 12 Years Old By late 1934, the Gumm Sisters had changed their name to the Garland Sisters. … Read More
The group broke up by August 1935, when Suzanne Garland flew to Reno, Nevada and married musician Lee Kahn, a member of the Jimmy Davis orchestra playing at Cal-Neva Lodge, Lake Tahoe.
1938 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Her rendition was so well regarded that she performed the song in the all-star extravaganza Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), singing to a photograph of him. … Read More
1939 17 Years Old …  At the 1939 Academy Awards ceremony, Garland received her only Academy Award, a Juvenile Award for her performances in 1939, including The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Arms. … Read More
1940 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1940, she starred in three films: Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, Strike Up the Band, and Little Nellie Kelly. … Read More


1942 20 Years Old Garland, who had aborted her pregnancy by him in 1942, agreed to a trial separation in January 1943 and divorced in 1944. … Read More
1945 23 Years Old At this time, Garland had a brief affair with film director Orson Welles, who was then married to Rita Hayworth. The affair ended in early 1945, although they remained on good terms afterward. During the filming of Meet Me in St. Louis, after some initial conflict between them, Garland and Minnelli entered into a relationship. They were married June 15, 1945, and on March 12, 1946, daughter Liza was born. They were divorced by 1951. … Read More
1947 25 Years Old During filming for The Pirate in April 1947, Garland suffered a nervous breakdown and was placed in a private sanitarium. … Read More
The Pirate was released in 1948 and was the first film in which Garland had starred since The Wizard of Oz to not be profitable. … Read More
1949 27 Years Old 1 More Event
She was suspended from the picture on May 10, 1949, and was replaced by Betty Hutton, who stepped in performing all the musical routines as staged by Berkeley. … Read More
When principal photography on Summer Stock was completed in spring 1950, it was decided that Garland needed an additional musical number. … Read More
1951 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1951, Garland began a four-month concert tour of Britain and Ireland, where she played to sold-out audiences throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland. … Read More


1952 30 Years Old 1 More Event
That same year, she divorced Minnelli, and in 1952, she married Sid Luft, her tour manager and producer, on June 8, 1952, in Hollister, California.
1954 - 1955 2 More Events
1956 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, Garland performed for four weeks at the New Frontier Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for a salary of $55,000 per week, making her the highest-paid entertainer to work in Las Vegas. … Read More
1959 - 1960 2 More Events
1961 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Her concert appearance at Carnegie Hall on April 23, 1961 was a considerable highlight, called by many "the greatest night in show business history". … Read More


1962 40 Years Old The first, entitled The Judy Garland Show, aired in 1962 and featured guests Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. … Read More
1963 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Following a third special, Judy Garland and Her Guests Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet, Garland's weekly series debuted September 29, 1963. … Read More
1964 - 1965 2 More Events
1967 45 Years Old In February 1967, Garland was cast as Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls for 20th Century Fox. … Read More
By early 1969, Garland's health had deteriorated.
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