Women Music March 2023 – Day 26 Judy Garland

Judy Garland


Judy Garland (b. Frances Ethel Gumm on 6/10/22 – d. 6/22/69) was an American actress and singer. While critically acclaimed for many different roles throughout her career, she is widely known for playing the part of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939.) She attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Renowned for her versatility, she received an Academy Juvenile Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Special Tony Award. Garland was the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which she won for her 1961 live recording titled Judy at Carnegie Hall.

Early Life:
Garland was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was the youngest child of Ethel Marion (née Milne; 1893–1953) and Francis Avent “Frank” Gumm (1886–1935). Her parents were vaudevillians who settled in Grand Rapids to run a movie theater that featured vaudeville acts. She was of Irish, English, Scottish, and French Huguenot ancestry, named after both of her parents and baptized at a local Episcopal church.

Musical Beginnings:
“Baby” (as she was called by her parents and sisters) shared her family’s flair for song and dance. Her first appearance came at the age of two, when she joined her elder sisters Mary Jane “Suzy/Suzanne” Gumm and Dorothy Virginia “Jimmie” Gumm on the stage of her father’s movie theater during a Christmas show and sang a chorus of “Jingle Bells”. The Gumm Sisters performed there for the next few years, accompanied by their mother on piano.

She was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. She appeared in more than two dozen films for MGM.


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Live albums


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Soundtrack albums


In a career that spanned more than forty years, Judy performed on stage, screen and television. She appeared in 34 feature films.

Other things to share:
On June 22, 1969, Garland was found dead in the bathroom of her rented house in Cadogan Lane, Belgravia, London. At the inquest, Coroner Gavin Thurston stated that the cause of death was “an incautious self-overdosage” of barbiturates; her blood contained the equivalent of ten 1.5-grain (97 mg) Seconal capsules. Thurston stressed that the overdose had been unintentional and no evidence suggested that she had intended to kill herself. Garland’s autopsy showed no inflammation of her stomach lining and no drug residue in her stomach, which indicated that the drug had been ingested over a long period of time, rather than in a single dose. Her death certificate stated that her death was “accidental.” Supporting the accidental cause, Garland’s physician noted that a prescription of 25 barbiturate pills was found by her bedside half-empty and another bottle of 100 barbiturate pills was still unopened.

After Garland’s body had been embalmed and clothed in the same gray, silk gown she wore at her wedding to Mickey Deans, Deans traveled with her remains to New York City on June 26, where an estimated 20,000 people lined up to pay their respects at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in Manhattan, which remained open all night long to accommodate the overflowing crowd.

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On June 27, James Mason gave a eulogy at the funeral, an Episcopal service led by the Rev. Peter Delaney of St Marylebone Parish Church, London, who had officiated at her marriage to Deans, three months earlier. “Judy’s great gift“, Mason said in his eulogy, “was that she could wring tears out of hearts of rock… She gave so richly and so generously, that there was no currency in which to repay her.” The public and press were barred. She was interred in a crypt in the community mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, a town 24 miles (39 km) north of midtown Manhattan. However, at the request of her children, Garland’s remains were disinterred from Ferncliff Cemetery in January 2017 and re-interred 2,800 miles (4,500 km) across the country at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Official website: here

1.5 hour documentary on Judy that is narrated by her daughter. Includes full performances by Judy.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Judy Garland is the impersonation of a truly timeless classic artist. I didn’t realize she passed away so early. It’s mind-boggling to me that spite of her short life she had a 45-year-plus career! Can you imagine how many more great performances the world would likely have seen, had she lived longer?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      After seeing her biopic, I learned that the director got her hooked very young on amphetamines, which it looks like also turned into the balancer of barbiturates. She was consumed by the drugs and by the public. She kept giving until there was nothing left to give 😦

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      1. Wow, that sounds like a das background story!


  2. Badfinger (Max) says:

    One of the saddest cases in entertainment. Like Christian…I can’t believe she accomplished as much as she did in such a short life. She had so much talent and we probably didn’t see half of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      She was on stage from toddlerhood. How could she have known any other life. I agree, one of the saddest cases in entertainment 😦

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  3. Dale says:

    She was so wonderful…

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  4. randydafoe says:

    I know it was a product of a lot of training but to me she had the purist most beautiful voice ever. So sad we all benefited from her and she got so little.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      She was a beautiful soul that became a product that was consumed until the package was empty 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  5. memadtwo says:

    The evils of addiction know no bounds. A singular shining light. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed. She gave her all but they wanted more. The biopic I saw still hurts to think about, her going through all that she did.

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