Life Story Of Judy Garland: Childhood, Career, Marriages And Children

Date July 15, 2019 12:36

The Golden Age of Hollywood was an important milestone in the history of world cinema. Fairy tales and dramas would come to life on the big screen, turning actors into idols of millions of people who would trade places with them without a moment’s hesitation. But the picture didn't always resemble reality.

After The Wizard of Oz came out, young curly-haired girl Judy Garland became famous worldwide. Frances Ethel Gumm – that was her name – spent all her childhood on the stage: her parents ran one of the Minnesota theaters and at the age of 2 she started appearing on stage along with her older sisters.

After moving to California, her father and mother became more active in their attempts to make a star out of their daughter. Most of the time, Judy was on the road or on stage, dropping with fatigue and fearing her parents’ reproaches.

She signed her first major contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios at 13. The ambitious mother made Judy work hard and monitored her weight. The girl was terrified at the mere thought of weight gain and developed dissatisfaction with her appearance for the rest of her life.

She looked at marriage as a perfect way to escape her despotic mother. For the first time, Judy married at 19. Composer David Rose became her chosen one, but there was neither love nor happiness in that union. 3 years later, in 1944, they divorced. It was believed that Judy’s mother and the studio interfering with the life of the couple became the reason for the split. It was also said that the management even made her terminate her pregnancy in 1942.

In 1945, the girl married director Vincente Minnelli. Her first daughter, Liza Minnelli, was born in this marriage to later become an actress and singer. But motherhood didn’t make Judy happy. She still worked a lot and family troubles were a burden to her.

Judy's second marriage didn’t last long either. In 1951, she divorced Vincente, and in 1952, Garland married for the third time. Her husband was businessman Sidney Luft, father of the actress’ younger children, Lorna and Joey.

Living with the stubborn beauty wasn’t easy. By the time of their wedding, Judy was already a deeply broken woman. Emotional instability showed in fits of anger and periods of depression. Besides, Judy didn’t want to fight the destructive habits she developed in her younger days. A serious crisis came in 1955 when the precious Oscar went to Grace Kelly. Garland’s explosive and wayward character became even more nasty. She would sabotage the shooting, often come late, insult the staff, and vent on her husband and children. The actress divorced Luft in 1965. She married two more times, but still wasn’t happy.

For several decades, Judy Garland, who didn’t like her own appearance, was an icon of style. The innocent young girl turned into a sophisticated artist with extravagant tastes. Luxury accessories, feather boas, and only the hottest trends became her signature.

But neither fame nor a brilliant career, neither men nor children helped her reconcile with herself. She died in 1969 at the age of 47 an unhappy and broken young girl. Her children remembered her as hysterical and infantile. Husbands fled from her. But to her fans, her life seemed a fairy tale.