Judy Garland

Judy GarlandBorn: 10 June 1922
Died: 22 June 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning actress Judy Garland was born on this day in 1922.

She first came to the attention of MGM studio executives as a singer, whilst performing a rendition of You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want to Do It) at Clark Gable‘s birthday party held by the studio. She was given the role of performing the same song in the film Broadway Melody of 1938 (1938).

Following this Garland was paired with Mickey Rooney in a series of films starting with Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry (1937) and including Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) and Babes in Arms (1939), their first pairing as lead characters.

Perhaps Garland’s best known role was that of Dorothy in the MGM classic The Wizard of Oz (1939), the role earned her the Academy Juvenile Award and she became one of MGM’s most popular stars.

The following year she played her first adult role in Little Nellie Kelly (1940), although some claim her first adult role was Presenting Lily Mars (1943).

She scored her next huge success with the film Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and followed this with The Clock (1945), her first non-singing role, The Harvey Girls (1946) and Till the Clouds Roll By (1946).

Teaming up with Fred Astaire, for the first and only time in her career, she starred in Easter Parade (1948), it would be the top grossing film of her career with MGM and the following year had another success with In The Good Old Summertime (1949).

In 1950 Garland and MGM parted company but four years later she made a screen comeback in the film A Star is Born (1954) for Warner Bros. and received the Best Actress Academy Award nomination. Seven years later she received the Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Judgement at Nuremberg (1961).

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