So I definately did not realize that yesterday was the tenth!!!!
Soo...one day late...
Happy 86th Birthday to Frances Ethel Gumm (Judy Garland)!
On June 10th, 1922, a legend was born. Frances Ethel Gumm was the youngest of three daughters born to Frank Gumm and Ethel Marion Milne. Soon, "Baby" Gumm joined her sisters who appeared at her father's theatre in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and at three years old performed for the first time. In 1935, Judy Garland signed with MGM. At 13 years old, she was somewhere stuck in the middle between a child and adult star. Although paired with Mickey Rooney in the Andy Hardy series, Judy's big break would come in 1938, when she was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Judy won an Academy Juvenile Award for this role in 1940. After The Wizard of Oz, Judy became one of MGM's biggest stars until her last role with MGM, Summer Stock. After, Judy's A Star is Born was a huge hit, having made it on her own. On June 22, 1969, Judy passed leaving behing three children and an amazing legacy.
All that is just facts though, and none of that describes what Judy Garland means to me. I've laughed at her songs, cried at her songs. Since I was a little girl I've been mesmerized by the overwhelming prescence she has, on screen and simply through a pair of Sony boombox speakers. To say that her music has changed my life wouldn't even describe it. Her music has molded my life. My favorite song to hear her sing is Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm". I could have the absolute worst day and listen to that song and feel so much better.
I feel like everyone needs something to be passionate about. Although I have also grown to fall completely in love with Gone With the Wind and Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland was the first person that I couldn't get enough of. I've seen more than half of her films, purchased the ones that I could as well as CDs of her music. Since the age of 6 I have put on her music and danced and sang around the house at the top of my lungs, although Lord knows I can't sing! And to this day, at age 18, I still belt out her songs (now when noone is home, of course). She overcame so much, but eventually had to succumb to her saddening drug abuse, brought about by grueling hours of work as a young child on the sets at MGM.
I wish more than anything that I had been able to meet Judy Garland. If not that, at least have lived in a time period where I could go to the "picture show" or turn on the radio and hear her singing "You Made Me Love You" to a picture of Clark Gable. Although I will never have the chance to meet Judy Garland, or I'm sure any of her relatives, she is still as real to me as anyone else I know. Her legacy will live on forever and I don't think anyone will forget the little girl with the very big voice.
I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it.
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