Judy Garland was one of the biggest talents and greatest stars of her time.
She was also one of the most tragic - dying far too young from an accidental barbiturate overdose at the age of 46.
For most of us, our first introduction to Judy was from watching classic film The Wizard of Oz.
It's one of those rare movies where you could turn every shot from nearly every scene into a movie poster.
Her performance as Dorothy Gale won her an Academy Award for outstanding performance by a screen
juvenile. (Judy was 16 when she made The Wizard of Oz.)
Judy made 32 movies in her 27 year movie career.
She was nominated for two Academy Awards. Once in 1955 for A Star is Born (1954) in the best actress
category and again in 1962 for Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) for best supporting actress.
Groucho Marx called her not winning an Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954), "the biggest
robbery since Brink's."
According to gossip columnist Hedda Hopper her loss to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl (1954)
was the result of the closest Oscar vote up till that time that didn't end in a tie, with just six votes
separating the two.
Aside from her movies, Judy Garland will be remembered for her wonderful singing voice. Especially her
timeless version of the Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg classic "Over the Rainbow". (The number one song on
the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest movie songs.)
Judy Garland died in London, England on June 22nd, 1969. Ray Bolger summed it up best when he
said: "Judy didn't die. She just wore out. "