Judy Garland Biography, Net Worth, Death, Relationships

Initially named Frances Ethel Gumm, Judy Garland was one of Hollywood’s golden era’s brightest and most tragic movie stars.  Judy is one of the most successful actresses in the world. She was also an accomplished singer. She received high praise for her diverse roles in her career. Judy became prominent for her role in the movie The Wizard Of Oz in 1939. She portrayed the role of an orphan girl Dorothy.

She was known for her small physical appearance. Judy has a deep sultry voice and big expressive eyes. She is known for powerful ranged vocals. Garland is famous for acknowledging her gay fans. Late in her career and dire need of money, she even accepted work singing in a New York City gay bar.

In 1997, Garland received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was a fan of actor Rober Donat for his role in Good Bye Mr. Chips. In 1952 she received a Special Tony Award for contributing to the revival of vaudeville at the Palace Theatre. Judy was named the #8 Actress on the AFI 50 Greatest Screen Legends list.

Birth10 June 1922
Birth PlaceGrand Rapids, Minnesota, United States
Birth NameFrances Ethel Gumm
Professional NameJudy Garland
Nick NamesBaby GummMiss Show BusinessJoots
ProfessionActress, Singer
NationalityUnited  States
SpousesMickey Deans, Mark Herron, Sidney Luft, Vincente Minnelli, David Rose
Death22 June 1969

Early Life:

Frances Ethel Gumm was born on June 10th of 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States. Her parents  Ethel Marion and Frances Avent Gumm Vaudevillians and they run a movie theater. She was called a baby by her parents and sisters. In 1962, her family moved to Lancaster, California. There it was discovered that his father was homosexual. Frank bought and operated another theater in Lancaster and Ethel helped her daughter to get roles in motion pictures.


In 1928, Judy along with her sisters enrolled in a dance school that Ethel Meglin ran. They appeared with their group in the annual Christmas show.

Personal Life:

Judy Garland married five times throughout her life. Judy began her first relationship with David Rose in the early 1940s, and David gifted her an engagement ring on her 18th birthday. David Rose was an American songwriter, pianist,  composer, and orchestra leader. Garland and Rose married on July 27, 1941. The couple had no children. They divorced in 1944.

On the sets of Meet Me in St. Louis, Garland met her second husband Minneli and they started their relationship and married on 15 June 1945. The couple had a daughter and divorced in 1951.

After the second divorce, in 1952, Judy married Sidney Luft, who was an American Showbusiness figure and producer. The couple had two daughters Lorna Luft and Joey Luft and divorced in 1965.

Garland married Mark Herron in November 1965 and separated after six months of their marriage.

Garland married Micky Deans in 1969 in London and he was her husband till her death.

judy garland children


Sure. Judy Garland had three children:

  • Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946). She is an actress, singer, and dancer who won an Academy Award, a Tony Award, an Emmy Award, and a Grammy Award. She is perhaps best known for her role in the film “Cabaret” (1972).
  • Lorna Luft (born November 21, 1952). She is an actress, singer, and author. She has starred in several Broadway musicals and has released several albums.
  • Joey Luft (born March 29, 1955). He is a businessman and producer. He has worked on several films and television shows.

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Early Career:

Garland came to the attention of MGM studio executives when she sang a special song You Made Me Love You at  Clark Gable’s birthday party that the studio arranged for the actor. Garland was paired with Mickey Roney in Backyard Musicals. The duo appeared in the movie Thoroughbreds  Don’t Cry as supporting actors.

In 1938, Garland played Young Dorothy Gale in the movie “The Wizard of Oz. In the movie, she also sang the song Over The Rainbow. She was later identified for this song. Garland received her only Academy Juvenile Award, for her performances in The Wizard Of Oz and Babes In Arms. After the film, Judy was one of the most bankable actresses in the United States.

Famous Movies:

  • Broadway Melody Of 1938
  • In the Good Old Summertime
  • Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Zigfeld Girtl
  • Girl Crazy
  • A Star Is Born
  • Babes In Arms
  • Presenting Lily Mars
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy
  • The Pirate
  • For Me And My Gal
  • Summer Stock
  • Little Neille Kelly
  • Words And Music
  • Life Begins For Andy And Hardy
  • Thousands Cheers
  • La Fiesta de Santa Barbara
  • Life With Judy Garland
  • Little Voice

Net Worth Of Judy Garland:

At the time of her death, Judy Garland had an estimated net worth of $40,000. Judy Garland, was an actress and singer who starred in several great musical movies, including “The Wizard of Oz, Judy was famous for both her excellent acting and singing skills. She made more than $50,000 annually from singing and movies.

Cause of Death:

On June 22, 1969, Garland was found dead in her house at London. The cause of death was overdosage of barbiturates.


  • Was Judy Garland Racist?

Judy Garland was born in 1922, a time when racism was still very prevalent in the United States. She grew up in a racist showbiz world and faced racist attitudes and stereotypes from a young age..

  • Where is Judy Garland Buried?

In January 2017, they moved Judy Garland’s remains from Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

  • What is the Net Worth of Judy Garland at her Death?

Judy Garland’s net worth at the time of her death was approximately $40,000. This is equivalent to $300,000 in today’s dollars after adjusting for inflation.

  • What is the Height of Judy Garland?

Judy Garland was 4 feet 11½ inches tall, or 1.51 meters. She was often self-conscious about her height, and she would sometimes wear platform shoes to appear taller.

  • How Old Was Judy Garland When she Was Dead?

Judy Garland died on June 22, 1969, at the age of 47. They found her dead in her London hotel room due to an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

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