By Amanda Shore
Judy Garland, who was named Frances Ethel Gumm at birth on June 10, 1922, would have turned 90 years old today. She used to perform with her two sisters in the 1930s and was in more than 20 films, many of them with Mickey Rooney. She even had her own TV show for one season. She is probably best known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
She married five times and mothered three children, including Liza Minelli.
While there were many highlights in her life, there were also downfalls, like attempting suicide at one point and developing a drinking problem. But she rose above her hardships and started performing again. In 1969, she died of an accidental drug overdose.
Tracie Bennett remembered Judy Garland’s birthday in tonight’s Tony Awards. She spoke to an interviewer from zap2it who was asking about her pre-show ritual for the show “Just in Time” as Judy Garland. She answered, “To go on, I put the shoes on, I put the engagement ring on, then the scarf and the hat. By the time the coat is on, I am finally confident that I am going into Judy.”
The singer and actress will be remembered for all that she has accomplished and the smiles that she put on everyone’s faces. She has been and will be missed.