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actress, singer and vaudevillian from the United States

Judy Garland is ...

Born 10 Jun 1922 in Grand Rapids
Died 22 Jun 1969 in Chelsea
Age47 years
Causebarbiturate overdose
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
Publicity photograph of Judy Garland issued after completion of her 1939 films: The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Arms.

About Judy Garland

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her contralto vocals and attained international stardom that continued throughout a career spanning more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages. Garland began performing in vaudeville with her two older sisters and was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. She made more than two dozen films with MGM, including nine with Mickey Rooney. Among several well-remembered film appearances, Garland's most famous role was as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Her other most notable roles at MGM included Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Harvey Girls (1946) and Easter Parade (1948). After 15 years, she was released from the studio and made record-breaking concert appearances, had a successful recording career, and her own Emmy-nominated television series. Her film appearances became fewer in the later years of her career, but included two Academy Award-nominated performances in A Star Is Born (1954) and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Garland received a Golden Globe Award, a Juvenile Academy Award, and a Special Tony Award, and at 39, became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the film industry. She was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year for her live recording of Judy at Carnegie Hall. In 1997, Garland was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Several of her recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her among the 10 greatest female stars of classic American cinema. Despite profound professional success, Garland struggled largely in her personal life from an early age. The pressures of stardom affected her physical and mental health from the time she was a teenager; her self-image was influenced and constantly criticized by film executives who believed her to be physically unattractive, and who manipulated her onscreen physical appearance. She was plagued by alcohol and substance abuse as well as financial instability into her adulthood, often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. Her lifelong struggle with drugs and alcohol ultimately led to her death in England from a barbiturate overdose, at the age of 47.


On June 22, 1969, Deans found Garland dead in the bathroom of their rented mews house in Chelsea, London; she was 47 years old. 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 10 1.5-grain (97 mg) Seconal capsules. Thurston stressed that the overdose had been unintentional and that no evidence suggested she had committed suicide. 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 one dose. Her death certificate stated that her death had been "accidental". Supporting the accidental cause, her doctor noted that a prescription of 25 barbiturate pills was found by her bedside half-empty and another bottle of 100 was still unopened.

A British specialist who had attended her autopsy said she had nevertheless been living on borrowed time owing to cirrhosis, although a later autopsy showed no evidence of alcoholism or cirrhosis. She died twelve days after her forty-seventh birthday. Her Wizard of Oz co-star Ray Bolger commented at her funeral, "She just plain wore out." Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter believes that Garland had an eating disorder which contributed to her death.

After her body had been embalmed by Desmond Henley, Deans took Garland's 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 overflow crowd. On June 27, James Mason gave a eulogy at the funeral, an Episcopal service led by the Rev. Peter A. Delaney of St Marylebone Parish Church, London, who had officiated at her marriage to Deans, three months prior. The public and press were barred. She was interred in a crypt in the community mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, a small town 24 miles north of midtown Manhattan.


Judy Garland has worked on the following films:

The Wizard of Oz
1939 movie based on the book by L. Frank Baum
That's Entertainment!
1974 film by Jack Haley, Jr.
Till the Clouds Roll By
1946 film by Richard Whorf
The Harvey Girls
1946 film by Robert Alton, George Sidney
Easter Parade
1948 film by Charles Walters
Strike Up the Band
1940 film by Busby Berkeley
Summer Stock
1950 film by Charles Walters
Gay Purr-ee
1962 film by Abe Levitow
For Me and My Gal
1942 film by Busby Berkeley
Babes in Arms
1939 film by Busby Berkeley
Ziegfeld Follies
1945 film
A Child Is Waiting
1963 film by John Cassavetes
The Pirate
1948 film by Vincente Minnelli
The Clock
1945 film by Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann
Love Finds Andy Hardy
1938 film by George B. Seitz
Thousands Cheer
1943 film by George Sidney
Broadway Melody of 1938
1937 film by Roy Del Ruth
Words and Music
1948 film by Norman Taurog
Girl Crazy
1943 film by Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley
Babes on Broadway
1941 film by Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
Everybody Sing
1938 film by Edwin L. Marin
In the Good Old Summertime
1949 film by Buster Keaton, Robert Zigler Leonard
Ziegfeld Girl
1941 film by Robert Zigler Leonard, Busby Berkeley
Little Nellie Kelly
1940 film by Norman Taurog
Pigskin Parade
1936 film by David Butler
I Could Go On Singing
1963 film by Ronald Neame
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1940 film by George B. Seitz
Presenting Lily Mars
1943 film by Norman Taurog
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
1937 film by Alfred E. Green
Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 film by George B. Seitz
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara
short film
Listen, Darling
1938 film by Edwin L. Marin
The music according to Antonio Carlos Jobim
2012 film by Nelson Pereira dos Santos
2011 film by Jeffrey Schwarz
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership
1950 short film
1930 short film