Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Judy Garland's Birthday

Frances Ethel Gumm was born on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, MN. At 2 1/2 years old, Frances sang Jingle Bells onstage at her father's New Grand Theater. By age 13, she was known as Judy Garland when she signed a contract with MGM.

Judy Garland would become one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. A few of her achievements include:

  • Appeared in 32 feature films.

  • Received a special Academy Award for Best Juvenile Performance of 1939 in recognition of her work in The Wizard of Oz.

  • Nominated for two other Academy Awards.

  • Starred in 30 episodes of The Judy Garland Show earning a total of 10 Emmy Award nominations.

  • Appeared as a television guest on nearly 30 other shows.

  • Performed more than 1,100 theater, nightclub and concert performances in from 1951 until 1969.

  • Received a special Tony Award for record-breaking Broadway engagements at the Palace.

  • Recorded nearly 100 singles, and over 24 record albums.

  • The record Judy at Carnegie Hall received an unprecedented 5 Grammy Awards in 1962, including Album of the Year.

  • Performed over several hundred radio broadcasts.

  • Sang at countless benefits for the military during WWII.

"The rest of us will be forgotten, never Judy." - Frank Sinatra


Stephen Rader said...

You are now, officially, my favorite person on the planet! Thanks for reminding me that today is Judy's birthday. JUDY AT CARNEGIE HALL is going to be on my iPod now for the rest of the day. I love it!! :)

David Dust said...

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Eric Arvin said...

Fantastic! What a heartbreaking story she had. She should have won the Oscar for A STAR IS BORN in 54.

mistress maddie said...

What a great post! I love Judy. I think my favoriye movie was Meet Me in St,Louise. Loved that movie.

Mark in DE said...

Nice tribute.

RAD said...

Isnt she fabulous? Love this pic of her.....