Judy Garland's life was as dramatic as any of the roles she played on screen.
Best known as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," the big-hearted Midwestern gal catapulted to fame as a teenager in the 1930s, starring in dozens of films, singing on countless records and, in the process, logging five marriages, four divorces, three children, one abortion and a barbiturate addiction that led to an overdose and her premature death at the age of 47.
Putting on a happy face for the public even as her personal life fell to pieces, Garland was an emotionally complicated character — a big talent who lived an even bigger life.
A top box-office film star of the 1940s, Garland established all-time personal appearance records in the '50s and nominated for an Academy Award in the '60s.
She was Hollywood's queen of the comeback. When her career — and usually her personal life — hit rock bottom, she would stage a spectacular comeback and again hit the bigtime.
She played her most iconic role, Dorothy, at the age of 17. In the 1939 film she sang the song that became her trademark: "(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow."
It was estimated that her films made more than $100 million. Most were big-budget musicals of the '40s, although she won critical esteem for acting ability in later years.
Among her starring roles were "Broadway Melody of 1938" (1937), "Babes in Arms" (1939), "Babes on Broadway" (1941), "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944), "A Star is Born" (1954) and "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961).
Garland, who tried to commit suicide several times throughout her life, died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills in her London apartment.
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|1954||Best Actress||A Star Is Born||Nomination|
|1961||Best Supporting Actress||Judgment at Nuremberg||Nomination|