Judy Garland: Over the rainbow…

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm and became known the world over as Judy Garland, singer, actress, dancer, vaudeville performer. Winning awards galore, from the juvenile Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and a Special Tony Award, Judy Garland was the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her live recording Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961). Wikipedia information apart, Judy Garland was also known for a turbulent personal life and her daughter, Liza Minelli.

Garland was on stage even as a child, doing vaudeville with her two older sisters. Signed on as a teenager with MGM studios, she acted in over 24 films. Perhaps most well known as her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Her presence in films like Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946), Easter Parade (1948) and Summer Stock (1950) are memorable.

Addictions, debt and erratic behaviour resulted in a career downslide. But Garland still came up with winners, taking home an Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954); she was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actress trophy for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Eight studio albums, hosting an Emmy-nominated TV show, being honoured as the first and youngest woman with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry and a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award – these are just a few of the recognitions she got for her achievements.

Judy Garland dies in London after a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47. She is still missed by those who loved showbiz!

SoundboxIndia walks down memory lane with some of Judy Garland’s best known songs….

Song: I got rhythm (Girl Crazy 1942)

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Song: Somewhere over the rainbow (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

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Song: Have yourself a merry little Christmas (Meet Me in St Louis, 1944)

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Song: Come rain or come shine (1964) 

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