Rare Photos Of Judy Garland Through The Years

Singer, actress, and dancer Judy Garland is one of the most famous entertainers in American history. She was just a teenager when she won an Academy Award and was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. And, of course, she starred in one of the most beloved films of all time, The Wizard of Oz.

Garland’s life was a series of ups and downs, and she was taken from her family, friends, and fans way too soon. Here are some incredible and rare photos of Garland over the course of her lifetime.

She Was Born Frances Ethel Gumm

She Was Born Frances Ethel Gumm
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Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images

On June 10, 1922, Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Her parents performed in vaudeville, and she and her sisters were also performers known as the Gumm Sisters. Judy and her sisters (pictured here) changed their last name in 1934 after accidentally being introduced as The Glum Sisters.

It’s unclear what the exact inspiration is behind Garland’s name, but it may be from the character Lily Garland in the film Twentieth Century. Or she may have selected it after she and her sisters were referred to as being prettier “than a garland of flowers”.