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