Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Judy Garland Biography

Birth Name:
Frances Ethel Gumm
Birth Place:
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States
Profession
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • As a girl, appeared in vaudeville act the Gumm Sisters with her siblings (they later changed their name to the Garland Sisters)
  • Billed as Judy Garland, she signed with MGM in 1935
  • Paired with Mickey Rooney in 1937's Thoroughbreds Don't Cry for the first of their 10 films together
  • Breakthrough song was "You Made Me Love You," sung to a photo of Clark Gable in The Broadway Melody of 1938
  • Made a legendary Carnegie Hall debut in 1961; Judy at Carnegie Hall, the live album of the event, won five Grammys, including Album of the Year, the first for a female artist and first for a live album
  • Hosted The Judy Garland Show on CBS in 1963-64
  • Final performance took place a week before her death (from an accidental overdose of barbiturates in her London flat) at the Half Note in New York's Greenwich Village
  • In 2001, her rendition of "Over the Rainbow" was named the Greatest Song of the 20th Century in a poll commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America

Awards

  • 1964Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program: nominated
  • 1962Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program: nominated
  • 1962Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1961Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1956BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1955Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1954Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships