|On June 10, 1922 a star was born. She would be called the World's Greatest Entertainer and produced a body of work astounding in its range, amazing in its power and timeless in its ability to exult, enthrall and excite audiences around the world. Her name? Frances Ethel Gumm. Doesn't sound familiar? How about her stage name: Judy Garland.
Judy's performance in the "Wizard of Oz" gave her a theme song for the rest of her life, "Over the Rainbow." Filmed in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" has been seen by more people than any other film ever made.
In 1935, at the age of 13, Judy signed her contract with MGM, the grandest movie factory in Hollywood. Judy sang and danced her way into starring roles for the movie studio that produced the world's grandest musicals. In 1948, Judy was MGM's leading box office superstar. All told, she made thirty-two feature films, earned one Academy Award and was nominated for two others.
She starred in 30 of her own television shows, garnering ten Emmy Award nominations.
Between 1951 and 1969, Judy fulfilled over eleven hundred nightclub and concert performances, winning a special Antoinette Perry (Tony) award for the first of three record-breaking Broadway engagements at the Palace Theater. She recorded nearly 100 singles and over a dozen record albums. "Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall" received an unprecedented five Grammys in 1962 (including Album of the Year) and has never been out of print.
The brightest star of the Hollywood musical and an entertainer of almost magical power, Judy Garland was the little girl with the great big voice: The woman of a half-dozen comebacks, a hundred heartbreaks and countless thousands of headlines.
Judy's Scarecrow co-star Ray Bolger delivered the most fitting epitaph: Judy didn't die. She just wore out.
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Julie has been singing since the time she could talk. It started in her neighbors' living rooms and eventually moved to the stage. She studied opera for two years at the University of New Mexico and then moved to the Big Apple to complete her degree in Musical Theater at the American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Most recently, Julie sang in the Santa Fe Opera's 2005 production of Turandot and has been musical director of Into the Woods and Cats for the Santa Fe Performing Arts School.
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