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Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers - The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland
Judy Garland Guestbook - Share some of your Judy memories on our guestbook
Judy Garland Forum - Message board for discussions about Judy Garland
Judy Garland As Dorothy Free Picture Gallery - Rare pictures of Judy Garland
The Wizard Of Oz Makes Judy Garland A Superstar - Judy Garland's rise to fame
Judy Garland Has The Best Female Singing Voice Ever - Her voice is a treasure
Memorable Quotes By Judy Garland In The Wizard Of Oz - Our favourite quotes
Career After The Wizard Of Oz For Judy Garland - Other things Judy Garland did
Our View On The Life Of Judy Garland - Article focusing on her life and death
Thank You Note From Judy Garland - Judy expresses her gratitude
Judy Garland And Mickey Rooney - Should they have married each other?
Judy Garland Signs With Decca Records - Judy Garland sang many top songs
How Judy Garland Became A Great Singer, Dancer And Actor - She was born with it
Judy Garland's Favourite Songs - Some of the best songs Judy Garland ever sang
Judy Garland Didn't Think She Was Beautiful - She felt insecure about herself
MGM Fires Judy Garland With A Letter - Her relationship with MGM went downhill
Countries Judy Garland Visited For A Concert Tour - Judy Garland loved singing
Judy Garland Didn't Love Her Mother - Judy Garland had every right to be bitter
Who Killed Judy Garland? - Judy Garland passed away younger than expected
The Judy Garland Show - American musical variety television series
Interesting Facts About Judy Garland - Things you never knew
Judy Garland's First Movie Was "Pigskin Parade" - Her film debut in 1936
Judy Garland Wins An Oscar In 1940 - A Special Juvenile Academy Award
Original Songs Introduced By Judy Garland - Songs associated with Judy Garland
Judy Garland Battled Through A Difficult Career - The studio controlled her life
The Wizard of Oz Cast List - The main cast in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard Of Oz - Free Musical E-Cards
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Free lyrics and music file
We're Off To See The Wizard - Free lyrics and music file
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart - Free lyrics and music file
The Trolley Song - Free lyrics and music file
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Free lyrics and music file
Judy Garland As Dorothy Video 1 - Video clip in memory of Judy Garland
Judy Garland As Dorothy Video 2 - Video clip in memory of Judy Garland
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Judy Garland Video - Video clip in memory of Judy Garland

Judy Garland has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
This website "" is dedicated to the best ever singer and actress to walk the Earth, we are referring to the one and only Judy Garland for being an inspiration and for bringing brightness and joy into peoples lives from generation to generation. A remarkable woman who will never be forgotten and we love her forever!

If you're an avid fan of Judy Garland, then you're family. It's great people like you who allow us to keep adding Judy information to our website, and keep her memory alive. Read, enjoy, have fun, and take everything in the spirit in which it's shared.

Judy Garland, who was born Frances Gumm in 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA, is an entertainment legend, a true star, and she appears today as one of the most recognised and admired person in the Western world. Why is it that more than 40 years after her death, does she still fascinate many people?

The short answer is for her lead role in the 1939 classic Hollywood film, The Wizard of Oz, when she was 16 years old. Though she appeared in more than 40 films, won Golden Globe awards, received Oscar and Emmy nominations, won a special Tony Award and two Grammys during her lifetime, Judy Garland is still best remembered as Dorothy Gale, the simple Kansas farm girl who was swept away to the magical, frightening and beautiful land of Oz.

Many people grew up watching the American sweetheart walk along the yellow brick road with her ruby red slippers towards the Emerald City of Oz. The Wizard of Oz is the most watched movie ever. Period. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone that has not seen the film at least once. Regardless of age or generation, almost everyone has seen it. Judy Garland got the part of Dorothy only when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio wasn't able to borrow another child star, Shirley Temple from another studio, solidifying her status as an icon.

She was paid $500 US a week to play the girl from Kansas, and she was given a special juvenile Oscar for her performance. An interesting side note, her signature song, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" almost didn't make the final cut of the film, as the studio felt it was too long and bogged down the storyline, and they also thought it wasn't appropriate to make Judy Garland sing in a barnyard. Judy Garland had a flawless and beautiful natural singing voice, and she was called the "reigning queen of the musicals" during the peak of her career.

When she died of from an accidental overdose of prescription medication in 1969 at the age of only 47, Judy Garland was over $4 Million in debt. Sadly, her body was stored in a temporary crypt for over a year, because no money was available to transfer her to a final resting place. Eventually, her daughter Liza Minnelli raised the money for a proper burial.

Her beautiful voice was heard around the world. She set the standard for female singers, she was original, considered a musical genius and the greatest actress of all time. She's a very beautiful woman with a bubbly personality and the prettiest smile. There will be nobody who is talented at both acting and singing as Judy Garland, never! She is a class above the rest, who spent her whole life on the stage and screen since she was just over 2 years old, giving us some of the most memorable performances of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, there didn't appear to be much left for her at the end of the yellow brick road.

Judy Garland was a "musical queen" and this website will always serve as a constant reminder of her, what she stood for and how profound an impact she had on the world. She was the sort of person that everybody wanted to know and spend time with. People in high places loved her. US President John F. Kennedy loved her, if Judy wanted five minutes, Judy got 15. The Judy Garland story is a powerful one and it will be told and retold for many generations to come.

The Wizard of Oz composer Harold Arlen took some home movies (in Kodachrome colour film) to provide us with some rare backstage glimpse of a young and beautiful Miss Garland with the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) way back in 1938. The movie was released in 1939, while she was busy at work on another movie "Babes in Arms".


More pictures of Judy Garland backstage

Mini Information on Judy Garland

Judy Garland became the biggest "child actress" in the world, overthrowing Shirley Temple, when she became Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939)!!!

Date of Birth
10 June 1922, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA

Date of Death
22 June 1969 (aged 47), Chelsea, London, England, UK
(accidental barbiturate overdose)

Actress and Singer

Birth Name
Frances Ethel Gumm

Stage Name
Judy Garland (changed in 1934)

Baby Gumm
Miss Show Business
Little Hunchback

Best Known As
Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

4' 11" (1.51 m)

Her beautiful singing voice

David Rose
Vincente Minnelli
Sidney Luft
Mark Herron
Mickey Deans
    (28 July 1941 - 8 June 1944) (divorced)
(15 June 1945 - 29 March 1951) (divorced) 1 child
(8 June 1952 - 19 May 1965) (divorced) 2 children
(14 November 1965 - 9 January 1969) (divorced)
(15 March 1969 - 22 June 1969) (her death)

Frank Gumm
Ethel Gumm

Mary Jane Gumm
Dorothy Virginia Gumm

Liza Minnelli
Lorna Luft
Joey Luft

Judy Garland appeared in many films, and the list below are just some of them.
Every Sunday (1936)
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Listen, Darling (1938)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Babes in Arms (1939)
Strike Up the Band (1940)
Babes on Broadway (1941)
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Girl Crazy (1943)
The Harvey Girls (1946)
The Pirate (1948)
Easter Parade (1948)
Words and Music (1948)
Summer Stock (1950)
A Star Is Born (1954)
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Gay Purr-ee (1962)
    $100 per week
$200 per week
$300 per week
$300 per week
$500 per week
$500 per week
$500 per week
$2,000 per week
$2,000 per week
$3,000 per week
$100,000 + 50% of profits
$50,000 + 10% gross

Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz

    The movie opens in sepia-tone with adopted orphan Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) running down a country road in Kansas with her small black terrier, Toto, rushing home to her guardians, Uncle Henry and Auntie Em, to complain about their unpleasant neighbor, Miss Gulch, who hit Toto with a rake because he chased her cat.

    Dorothy proceeds to discuss the problem with the neighbor with the farmhands. Hunk tells her to use her brain and not walk near the neighbor's house. Zeke advises her to have courage, and Hickory is busy with a contraption.

    Auntie Em comes over and tells Dorothy to find a place where she won't get into any trouble, and she wanders off and sings "Somewhere Over The Rainbow". Since then, it has become Judy Garland's personal theme song, and one of the most inspirational songs of the century.

    Just then, in a memorable image accompanied with ominous music, Dorothy's fantasies are shattered by the appearance of a stern-faced, ugly Miss Gulch riding her creaky bicycle down the country road toward the farm. After leaning her bicycle against the fence, she speaks to Uncle Henry to complain about Dorothy (actually about Dorothy's dog, Toto).

    Miss Gulch informs Uncle Henry and Auntie Em that Toto is a "menace to the community" and that she is going to take him to the sheriff to have him destroyed, and that if he is not given over she will "take" the farm. Uncle Henry puts Toto into her basket. Miss Gulch bicycles away with Toto but he escapes and runs back to Dorothy, who decides to run away with Toto.

    They soon come upon Professor Marvel, on a carnival wagon. He acts as a fortune teller and suspects that she is running away. Dorothy wants to go away with him to "see all the Crowned Heads of Europe." He consults his crystal ball and sees a woman crying because "someone has just about broken her heart" and he persuades her to go home just as a storm appears on the horizon.

    The storm is a tornado and Dorothy rushes to the farm but can't get into the basement where the others have taken shelter. She goes into her room but the window frame breaks and hits her head knocking her unconscious. She awakens and the house is spinning in the air. She sees a cow, an old lady knitting in a rocking chair, two men rowing a boat and Miss Gulch on her bicycle, who suddenly becomes a witch riding a broomstick.

    Dorothy finds that her intact house is no longer in Kansas (the scenes, which in a sepia are now in full technicolor because she has arrived in Oz). A bubble appears in the sky and gets closer and closer. It finally lands, then turns into Glinda the Good Witch, and she tells Dorothy that her house has fallen on top and killed the Wicked Witch of the East, who rules the Land of the Munchkins.

    The Munchkins are happy because Dorothy has freed them from the Wicked Witch of the East, and she is their national heroine. Glinda advises that if Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas, she should seek the aid of the Wizard of Oz, who lives in the Emerald City. To get there, Dorothy must "follow the yellow brick road". Glinda gives her a pair of ruby slippers from the dead witch, and she begins skipping down the yellow brick road.

    On the yellow brick road Dorothy meets her first buddy, the Scarecrow, who lacks a brain. After their meeting, Dorothy and the Scarecrow decide that they can go to the Wizard of Oz together in the hope that he will give him a brain.

    Eventually, they come across a Tin Man. He has been standing in one spot so long, that he is rusty from lack of use. Dorothy and the Scarecrow find an oil can and begin to help the Tin Man get free. He doesn't have a heart, and wants one. Dorothy tells him that the Wizard can help him get a heart, then the three start off on the yellow brick road towards the Wizard.

    They continue down the yellow brick road and while passing through the forest, they run into a lion. He puts on a good show and acts like he's the most ferocious animal in the world, but when they start getting bolder, he lets his true colours show. Dorothy and co tells the Lion about their journey to see the Wizard and how they are going to ask him for the things they want, and they invite the Lion to come with them to ask for courage.

    They finally meet the Wizard of Oz, who calls himself "The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz". He is a floating head with a loud, booming voice. He has fire and smoke and explosions. He has a terse manner of speaking and all of this makes him seem larger than life and unapproachable. He seems like a god and tells them that he will help them if they get him the broom belonging to the Wicked Witch of the West (sister of the crushed witch).

    On the way, Dorothy and Toto are kidnapped and flown to the witch by the flying monkeys. The witch tries to take the slippers but can't. Toto manages to escape and lead the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion to free Dorothy. Then they find themselves cornered on the top of the castle and the witch sets the Scarecrow on fire. Dorothy tries to put him out and succeeds in soaking the witch and causing her to melt away.

    Dorothy and co return to the Wizard with the broomstick. In a laughable turn of events, Toto finds a man behind a curtain off to the side, and reveals this to Dorothy and co. This causes the "Great Oz" to say, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain". In the end, the old man reveals himself as "The Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz". He is nothing more than a man from Kansas.

    The Wizard tells the company of three that they have already found what they sought. The Scarecrow found knowledge, the Lion found courage and the Tin Man a heart. They found it on their journey along the yellow brick road. He gives the Scarecrow a college diploma, Lion gets a medal of courage and Tin Man gets a heart-shaped watch. Then they all ask, "What about Dorothy?".

    The Wizard reveals he had been a balloonist and promises to return Dorothy to Kansas. He tells his subjects he is embarking on a "hazardous and technically unexplainable journey into the outer stratosphere" and nominates the Scarecrow to rule Oz in his place, assisted by Tin Man and Lion. Toto sees a cat as the balloon takes off and Dorothy climbs out after him while the Wizard flies away.

    Glinda, the Good Witch, reappears and tells Dorothy that she has had the ability to go home with the magic of the ruby slippers, but she had to discover it for herself. Dorothy ponders and realizes that the magic is that "it's that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with."

    Dorothy says goodbye to her friends and Glinda tells her to close her eyes, and tap her heels together three times, then think to herself "There's no place like home."

    Suddenly she is transferred back to the sepia toned black and white, real world of her Kansas farm home and she awakens in bed with Auntie Em holding a compress to her forehead. Professor Marvel shows up at Dorothy's window, and she tells Auntie Em and Uncle Henry about her trip to Oz, insisting it was not a "bad dream." Hunk, Hickory and Zeke join them, and Uncle Henry assures her that they believe her.

    Dorothy ends the film saying "Oh but anyway Toto, we're home! Home. And this is my room, and you're all here, and I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again. Because I love you all. And... Oh Auntie Em! There's no place like home!".

      Oh, we're off to see the Wizard
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
We hear he is a Whiz of a Wiz
If ever a Wiz there was.

If ever, oh ever, a Wiz there was
The Wizard of Oz is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does

We're off to see the wizard
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

  "We're Off To See The Wizard" by Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Buddy Ebsen and Bert Lahr (Quartet).  

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