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June 10, 2022

25 Fascinating Vintage Portraits of Judy Garland From Between the Late 1930s and Early 1940s

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969), the star of many classic musical films, including The Wizard of Oz, was known for her tremendous talent and troubled life. The daughter of vaudeville professionals, she started her stage career as a child.

Garland was called “Baby Gumm” and sang “Jingle Bells” at her first public performance at the age of two and a half. With her two older sisters, Garland soon began performing as part of the Gumm Sisters.

Not only was she working a lot, but Garland was also under pressure from the studio about her looks and her weight. She was given amphetamines to boost her energy and control her weight. Unfortunately, Garland would soon become reliant on this medication, along with needing other substances to help her sleep. Drug problems would plague her throughout her career.

In 1939, Garland scored one of her greatest on-screen successes with The Wizard of Oz, which showcased her singing talents as well as her acting abilities. Garland received a special Academy Award for her portrayal of Dorothy, the girl from Kansas transported to Oz. She soon made several more musicals, including Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes of Broadway (1942), with Rooney, and For Me and My Gal (1943), with Gene Kelly.

Below is a collection of 25 fascinating vintage portraits of Judy Garland from between the late 1930s and early 1940s:


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