June 10, 2021

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A DAY LIKE TODAY: Judy Garland was born

A DAY LIKE TODAY Judy Garland was born

On a day like today, in 1922, the American singer, actress and dancer was born Judy Garland, the first woman to win a Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. For this reason, and as a tribute, we want to remember his biography, as well as share some of his greatest successes.

Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) started out as a vaudeville actress alongside her sisters, and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in her teens. She appeared in twelve company films, and became famous for playing the role of Dorothy Gale in THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), where he sang Over the rainbow. For this role, he received an Academy Juvenile Award.

Later, he regularly collaborated with the actors Mickey Rooney Y Gene Kelly, and with the director Vincente Minnelli, who became her second husband, and with whom she had the legendary singer Liza Minnelli. He also starred in such well-known titles as MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (1944), EASTER PARADE (1948), the ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950).

After fifteen years working for MGM, the studio made public a series of personal problems that would prevent the signing of a new contract with her. Since the actress began her first performances, she felt a lot of pressure due to her physical appearance, as she considered herself too childish and inappropriate for certain roles, and ended up entering the world of alcohol and drugs.

Even though her career was on and off after that, nothing stood in the way of becoming a gay icon, or being nominated for an Oscar for A STAR IS BORN (1954) and WINNERS OR LOSERS? (Judgement at Nuremberg; 1961). He later recorded eight more albums, winning the Grammy for Best Album for JUDY AT Carnegie Hall (1961), presented the series THE Judy Garland SHOW (1963-1964), and at age 39, she became the youngest woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for a lifetime of success in the film industry (1962).

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In 1997, and after having managed to have five recordings in the Grammy Hall of Fame (Over the Rainbow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Get Happy, The Trolley Song Y The Man That Got Away), was posthumously honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, the American Film Institute recognized her as the eighth greatest legend of classic Hollywood cinema.

Recently a biography about her with Renée Zellweger, called JUDY (2019), for which she has won the Oscar for Best Actress.