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She was considered an icon in the gay community in the 1950s and 1960s. Her death and the loss of that emotional icon in 1969 has been thought to be a contributing factor to the feeling of the passing of an era that helped spark the Stonewall Riots that began the militant gay rights movement. (imdb.com)

Mother of Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft. Sister of Mary Jane Gumm and v*rginia Gumm. (imdb.com)

Interred at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, USA. (imdb.com)

Liza Minnelli said that Judy planned on calling her autobiography "Ho-Hum". (imdb.com)

Liza Minnelli originally wanted Mickey Rooney to deliver Garland`s eulogy, but she was afraid that he wouldn`t be able to get through it. So James Mason did it instead. (imdb.com)

According to singer Mel Tormé, she had a powerful gift of retention. She could view a piece of music once and have the entire thing memorized. (imdb.com)

First cousin three times removed of US President Ulysses S. Grant. (imdb.com)

Favorite actor was Robert Donat (best known for his portrayal of the title character in the film Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)). (imdb.com)

Always had crooked front teeth, for which an MGM dentist fitted her with removable caps to wear in her films, including The Wizard of Oz (1939). (imdb.com)

Her daughter Liza Minnelli was once married to Jack Haley Jr., the son of her The Wizard of Oz (1939) co-star Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man. (imdb.com)

She was three-quarters Scottish and one-quarter Irish in ancestry. (imdb.com)

When she married Vincente Minnelli, Louis B. Mayer gave her away. (imdb.com)

Had weight problems most of her life. Sometimes she would be 80 pounds and then could gain 30 pounds in a a matter of days, only to lose it all again. Drastic weight fluctuations often affected continuity in her films and can be seen in Words and Music (1948) and Summer Stock (1950). (imdb.com)

Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and later lived up in Lancaster, California. (imdb.com)

Had intense fears of both flying and guns. (imdb.com)

Was close friends with Lauren Bacall, who had once been her neighbor during the 1950s. Had Judy won the 1955 Best Actress Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954), Lauren would have accepted the Oscar statuette on her behalf. (imdb.com)

Was given the lead role of Eve in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), but turned down the role because the storyline bore too many resemblances to her own personal life. The role was then given to Joanne Woodward who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. (imdb.com)

Was Matron of Honor at the wedding of actor Don DeFore and Marian Holmes DeFore on February 14, 1942. (imdb.com)

The only witnesses present at her Las Vegas wedding to David Rose in 1941 were her mother and stepfather. (imdb.com)

She was considered an icon in the gay community in the 1950s and 1960s. Her death and the loss of that emotional icon in 1969 has been thought to be a contributing factor to the feeling of the passing of an era that helped spark the Stonewall Riots that began the militant gay rights movement. (imdb.com)

Mother of Joey Luft. (imdb.com)

Was close friends with Lauren Bacall, who had once been her neighbor during the 1950s. Had Judy won the 1955 Best Actress Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954), Lauren would have accepted the Oscar statuette on her behalf. (imdb.com)

During her first marriage to David Rose, Judy was forced to undergo an abortion at the insistence of MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer who feared that pregnancy would hurt her good-girl image. The event left her traumatized for the rest of her life. (imdb.com)

Judy heard the same phrase in two movies: For Me and My Gal (1942) and Easter Parade (1948). In both, her love interest (played by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, respectively) says this: "Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?" (imdb.com)

Groucho Marx called her not winning an Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954), "the biggest robbery since Brink's." Hedda Hopper later reported that her loss to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl (1954) was the result of the closest Oscar vote up till that time that didn't end in a tie, with just six votes separating the two. In any event, it was a heartbreak from which she never really recovered and which has remained a matter of some controversy ever since. (imdb.com)

Father was movie theater owner Francis 'Frank' Gumm (born 20 March, 1886 - died 17 November, 1935). Mother was Ethel Milne (born 17 November, 1893 - died 05 January, 1953). (imdb.com)

2006: Her performance as Vicki Lester in A Star Is Born (1954) is ranked #72 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. (imdb.com)

Gave birth to all three of her children via Caesarean section. She also suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her two daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft. (imdb.com)

Was pregnant with her first child Liza Minnelli while filming her minor role in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946). In order to hide her pregnant stomach she was hidden behind stacks of dishes while singing "Look For The Silver Lining". She had also recorded a song "Do You Love Me", which was cut before release. Her scenes were directed by her then husband Vincente Minnelli. (imdb.com)

3/23/90: Pictured on one of four 25¢ USA commemorative postage stamps honoring classic films released in 1939. The stamp shows Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), along with Toto (portrayed by Terry). The other films honored were Beau Geste (1939), Stagecoach (1939), and Gone with the Wind (1939). (imdb.com)

She experienced financial difficulties in the 1960s due to her overspending, periods of unemployment, owing of back taxes and embezzlement of funds by her business manager. The IRS garnished most of her concert revenues in the late 1960s. Her financial difficulties combined with her erratic behavior due to her drug dependencies helped break up her marriages and estrange her children from her a year before her death. (imdb.com)

1998: Garland's album, "Judy at Carnegie Hall" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. (imdb.com)

Betty Asher, who worked on the MGM lots, served as her maid of honor during her wedding to Vincente Minnelli in 1945. (imdb.com)

Was a member of The International Order of Job's Daughters. (imdb.com)

Quiet Please, There's A Lady On Stage was written by Peter Allen as a tribute to her. (imdb.com)

Sister of Mary Jane Gumm and v*rginia Gumm. (imdb.com)

6/12/64: She married Mark Herron, although her divorce from Sidney Luft was not settled. They were married in Mandarin by a Buddhist monk, and the validity of this marriage is not clear. (imdb.com)

After serving as the music director on her short-lived CBS series, Mel Tormé wrote a vicious tell-all book about his talented but challenging former boss. So frustrated from the experience, his words in "The Other Side of The Rainbow: With Judy Garland on the Dawn Patrol" portrayed Garland as hopelessly drug-addicted, unprofessional and a horror to work with. (imdb.com)

Was considered for the role of Careen O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), but the role was eventually given to Ann Rutherford, so Judy instead began working on The Wizard of Oz (1939) after Shirley Temple had been dropped from the project. (imdb.com)

She was three-quarters Scottish and one-quarter Irish in ancestry. (imdb.com)

Her performance as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939) is ranked #17 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. (imdb.com)

Grew up in California. (imdb.com)

Is the former mother-in-law of Jack Haley Jr., who is the son of The Wizard of Oz (1939) co-star Jack Haley. (imdb.com)

Wore fake teeth for The Wizard of Oz (1939). (imdb.com)

Is portrayed by Judy Davis and Tammy Blanchard in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) (TV), by Elizabeth Karsell in James Dean (2001) (TV) and by Andrea McArdle in Rainbow (1978) (TV). (imdb.com)

First cousin three times removed of President 'Ulysses S. Grant'. (imdb.com)

Her weight fluctuated much throughout her life. Sometimes she would be 80 pounds and then could gain 30 pounds in a a matter of days, only to lose it all again. An example of this weight fluctuation can be seen in Summer Stock (1950). (imdb.com)

Mother-in-law of Jack Haley Jr. (imdb.com)

She only performed "Over The Rainbow" twice during her many television appearances, which spanned 14 years. She performed it on her first TV Special, "Ford Star Jubilee" (1955) episode, "The Judy Garland Special" in 1955, and sang it to her children on The Christmas Edition of her weekly "The Judy Garland Show" (1963). (imdb.com)

Was given the lead role of Eve in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), but turned down the role because the storyline bore too many resemblances to her own personal life. The role was then given to Joanne Woodward who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. (imdb.com)


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