Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Judy Garland. Check it out!
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.
Interesting Facts about Judy Garland
- She married Mark Herron on June 12, 1964, though her divorce from Sidney Luft was not settled. They were married in Mandarin by a Buddhist monk, and the legality of the marriage is not clear.
- Despite popular belief that Shirley Temple was the first choice for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Garland was cast in the role even before pre-production had begun. As early as February 1938 both “Variety” and columnist Louella Parsons announced that she was cast in the role of Dorothy.
- Her daughter Liza Minnelli’s godparents were Ira Gershwin and Kay Thompson. Her daughter Lorna Luft’s godfather was Frank Sinatra.
- Her favorite actor was Robert Donat, best known for his portrayal of the title character in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939).
- She was born in June of 1922, and died on June 22.
- Has a special variety of rose named after her. The petals are yellow (Garland adored yellow roses) and the tips are bright red. It took devoted fans almost nine years after her death to find a rose company in Britain interested in naming a rose officially for her, and the Judy Garland rose didn’t appear in the US until 1991. Several JG rose bushes are planted outside of her burial crypt, and at the Judy Garland museum in Grand Rapids.
- Gave birth to all three of her children via Caesarean section. She also suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft.
- Won five Grammys over her career.
- She only performed “Over The Rainbow” three times during her many television appearances, which spanned 14 years. She performed it on her first TV Special, Ford Star Jubilee (1955) episode, “The Judy Garland Special” in 1955, sang it to her children on The Christmas Edition of her weekly The Judy Garland Show (1963), and on The Mike Douglas Show: Episode #7.240 (1968).
- Performed two songs in films that won the Academy Award for Best Original Song: “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” from The Harvey Girls (1946). Performed four more songs that were nominated: “Our Love Affair” from Strike Up the Band (1940), “How About You?” from Babes on Broadway (1941), “The Trolley Song” from Meet Me In St. Louis (1944), and “The Man That Got Away” from A Star Is Born (1954). Performed others that became standards, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me In St. Louis (1944).
- She heard the same phrase in two movies: For Me and My Girl (1942) and Easter Parade (1948). In both, her love interest (played by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, respectively) says, “Why didn’t you tell me I was in love with you?”.
- The famous theme song David Raksin wrote for Laura (1944) was originally entitled “Judy” in honor of her.
Personal Quotes by Judy Garland
I’ve seen the ticket, and I still can’t believe it. When I see the money, I hope I don’t hit the floor.- Judy Garland
In our house, the word of Louis B. Mayer became the law.- Judy Garland
We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.- Judy Garland
I was always lonesome. The only time I felt accepted or wanted was when I was on stage performing. I guess the stage was my only friend: the only place where I could feel comfortable. It was the only place where I felt equal and safe.- Judy Garland
I think there’s something peculiar about me that I haven’t died. It doesn’t make sense but I refuse to die.- Judy Garland