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Judy Garland Essay

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When you hear the name Judy Garland, you may think of ruby slippers, a blue and white gingham dress, and munchkins. Originally Frances Gumm, Judy Garland is much more than pig-tailed Dorothy from Kansas, she starred in 43 films, most of them being MGM major hits and breaking all box office attendance records (including hers).
On June 10, 1922, Frances Gumm was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the youngest of three sisters. At age two, her Mother had her performing Jingle Bells in the family theater, where Frances went by the name “Baby Gumm.” Shortly after Frances’s debut, the three girls became a sister act. They performed in the Grand Rapids area, until their mother Ethel moved the ...view middle of the document...

In eleven years, between 1939 and 1950, Judy made 22 feature films, almost all of them musicals, which besides acting, required singing and dancing.
Apart from her acting, she also recorded records, appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, and it’s estimated that she performed at over 1,000 nightclub and concert engagements.
While Judy Garland was one of the most famous and successful actresses, she was not so lucky with her family life. Between 1941 and her death in 1969, she married five men, marrying each new man within a year of the old one. In 1941 Judy Garland married the composer David Rose. They were officially divorced four years later, in 1945, with no children. That same year, Judy married Vincente Minnelli, the director of her new movie “Meet Me in St. Louis.” In March, 1946 Judy’s first child, Liza Minnelli was born. Once again her marriage deteriorated and in 1951 Judy and Vincente were divorced.
Less than a year later, Judy Garland and Sidney Luft were married. This was Judy’s longest marriage, 12 years. In those 12 years, they had two children together, Lorna Luft (1952), and Joey Luft (1955). Sid and Judy were divorced in 1965, the same year that Judy married Mark Herron. Mark was an actor and he and Judy were married in Las Vegas. They separated after 5 months due to his homosexuality, but they weren’t officially divorced until 1969. That same year Judy Garland married her fifth and last...

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