Sunday, June 10, 2012

Judy Garland's 90th Birthday

JUDY GARLAND (10 June 1922 - 22 June 1969) is known the world over for her performance as "Dorothy" in The Wizard of Oz. A singer and actress since childhood, her early movie career is best remembered for her teaming with Mickey Rooney, an on-screen duo that would continue until 1948. However, it was "The Wizard of Oz" that pushed her into instant stardom, as well as giving her her signature song "Over the Rainbow". Her 1954 comeback film, "A Star is Born" became another instant success and was the last starring film success of her career. She regularly appeared on television and the concert stage, and in 1961 appeared at Carnegie Hall. The album of her performance that night won four Grammys and has never been out of print.

Today would have been Judy's 90th birthday. Thanks to her many films and recordings, we can still enjoy her talent. Whether it is 17 year old Judy singing "Over The Rainbow" or 32 year-old Judy singing "The Man That Got Away", her talent is obvious. Now, many of her films are being released on DVD and you can enjoy her performances. (If you haven't tried The Pirate, you should! Her rendition of "Mack The Black" holds its' own against "Get Happy" and "Man Who Got Away".)

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