Today is Judy Garland's birthday. If she were alive today, she would be 87 years old. Sadly, she died in 1969 from an accidental drug overdose. She was only 47. I'm not a huge fan, but I did grow up watching some of her films, including the infamous Wizard of Oz. Despite her success with fame, Judy had a difficult life. Here are some interesting facts about her ...
- Judy's real name was Frances Ethel Gumm
- She worked 45 of her 47 years
- Her first performance was singing Jingle Bells when she was 2
- Judy was 16 when she filmed the Wizard of Oz
- She was only 4 feet, 11.5 inches tall
- In films, Judy was forced to wear rubber disks to reshape her nose
- She was insecure about her appearance and weight
- Judy suffered nervous breakdowns and migraine headaches
- She attempted suicide several times
- Judy was married 5 times, 4 ending in divorce
- She died in London in 1969
- 20,000 people lined up to view her body at the funeral home
- Judy left behind 3 children -- Liza Minnelli, Joey and Lorna Luft
In addition, Judy Garland is listed #8 of the greatest female stars of all time by the American Film Institute. She left behind an amazing legacy with her films, television performances, stage shows, music, and awards. When I think of Judy Garland, my first thought goes to the Wizard of Oz. Her song, Over The Rainbow is ranked as the #1 movie song of all time. That's impressive! Another one of my favorite songs by Judy is The Trolley Song. It was ranked #26 and it's from the film, Meet Me In St. Louis ...