Gumm, Frances Ethel

Born: Jun 10, 1922 AD
Died: 1969 AD, at 47 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Singer

1922 - Born on June 10th in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. An American singer and actress whose exceptional talents and vulnerabilities combined to make her one of the most enduringly popular Hollywood icons of the 20th century.

1935 -  She had already adopted the name Judy Garland when she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

1936-1937 - Her first film appearance was in the short" Every Sunday". Her other early films include "Pigskin Parade", "Listen, Darling", and "Broadway Melody of 1938", in which she sang "You Made Me Love You," the first of many songs with which she would be eternally associated.

         - Her popular partnership with Mickey Rooney began in "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry".

1938 - The pair continued through "Love Finds Andy Hardy", "Babes in Arms", "Strike Up the Band", "Babes on Broadway", and "Girl Crazy", in which she sang the George Gershwin standards "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You."

1939-1944 - She starred in movies "The Wizard of Oz" (as Dorothy), "Babes in Arms" (as Patsy Barton), and in "Meet Me in St. Louis" (as Esther Smith).

1945 - Married Vincente Minnelli.

1948-1954 - She appeared in the movies, "Easter Parade" (as Hannah Brown), "In the Good Old Summertime" (as Veronica Fisher), and in "A Star Is Born" (as Vicki Lester).

1961 - Garland staged a resounding comeback with a series of concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall.

         - The resulting album, "Judy at Carnegie Hall", was another triumph, as the LP ranked number one on the charts for 13 weeks and earned five Grammy Awards.

         - Starred in "Judgment at Nuremberg" (as Irene Hoffman).

1963-1964 - Garland hosted her own variety show, The Judy Garland Show, for 26 episodes on the CBS television network during the season.

1969 - She died in June 22nd in London, England from a barbiturate overdose, although it is speculated that anorexia and liver damage may have been factors.

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