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Judy Garland was born into a vaudeville family, and she first appeared in her family's show aged just two years old, alongside her parents and two older sisters. Known as Baby Frances, Garland quickly became the star of the show and was put through dance and theatre school. She began performing with her sisters as The Garland Sisters in the early 30s, and by the mid-30s she had been picked out for an audition by the head of MGM. The first of many popular films in which she appeared was Every Sunday in 1936. 1939 saw the release of The Wizard Of Oz, in which she played the lead role of Dorothy. It is this role, and her performance of Over The Rainbow, that she is most readily associated with. Throughout the 40s and 50s she enjoyed huge success as a singer and actress, but increasingly struggled with emotional and personal problems. At the height of her popularity she was fighting to hide her personal issues, which included use of alcohol and drugs. By the 60s, her work had become more inconsistent, although she was still capable of award-winning performances. She was tragically found dead on the floor of her London house in 1969, having accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills. She is one of Hollywood's most iconic stars, whose life in many ways epitomises showbusiness.
Followers: Shirley Bassey, Rosemary Clooney, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler
Influenced By: Bing Crosby, Boswell Sisters, Al Jolson...