In April 1947, while filming the MGM film The Pirate, Judy suffered a nervous breakdown and was sent to a sanitarium.
The day that Judy Garland died there was a tornado in Kansas.
In Judy Garland's movie Little Nelly Kelly she performed the only death scene of her career as well as her first onscreen kiss.
Judy Garland was married five times:
David Rose (1941–1944)
Vincente Minnelli (1945–1951)
Sidney Luft (1952–1965)
Mark Herron (1965–1967)
Mickey Deans (1969)
Judy was left handed.
Judy won a special Oscar for her work in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.
Judy was considered an icon in the gay community in the 1950s and 1960s.
Her funeral was held on June 27, 1969 in Manhattan at the Frank E. Campgell funeral home at Madison Avenue and Eighty-first Street. Over 22,000 people filed past her coffin. James Mason delivered her eulogy. Later, she was interred at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York.
She had an ability to view a piece of music once and have the entire thing memorized.
In 1997, Judy was posthumously awarded the Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judy was first cousin, three times removed of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant .
Judy's favorite actor was Robert Donat.
Judy was a member of The International Order of Job's Daughters.
Judy wore fake teeth while performing as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz.
MGM was the first studio to sign Judy to a contract.
It was vaudeville star George Jessel who suggested to the Gumm family that Frances Gumm be renamed Judy Garland.
Judy made her debut as a stage performer at the age of 2.
Judy's album Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall which was released in 1961, garnered her 5 Grammy Awards.
Judy originally screen tested and was signed to play in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls but the part was ultimately played by Susan Hayward.
Judy was the winner of the 1955 Best Actress Musical/Comedy Golden Globe for her performance in A Star is Born.
Judy Garland (discussing her fame): If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?
Judy Garland: Behind every cloud is another cloud.
Judy Garland: I think there's something peculiar about me that I haven't died. It doesn't make sense but I refuse to die.
Judy Garland: We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.
Judy Garland: (during her short stint as a cast member of "Valley of the Dolls" (1967)) The stage hands hadn't even built the set yet and the press had me walking off it!
Judy Garland (on daughter Liza Minnelli) I think she decided to go into show business when she was an embryo. She kicked so much.
Judy Garland: Some of the [midget] men used to tease me while we were making The Wizard of Oz (1939). They used to sneak under my dress! I told them if they ever went under there - and I found out about it - they were in big trouble!
Judy Garland: My mother had a marvelous talent for mishandling money - mine. When I was put under stock contract at Metro and had a steady income for the first time, we lived in a four-unit apartment building. I suggested to Mother that we buy it as an investment and rent the other three apartments. She hit me in the mouth and invested the money in a nickel mine in Needles, California, that has never been found. We never got a nickel back.
Judy Garland: In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.
Judy Garland: As for my feelings toward "Over the Rainbow", it's become part of my life. It is so symbolic of all my dreams and wishes that I'm sure that's why people sometimes get tears in their eyes when they hear it.
Judy Garland: I wanted to believe and I tried my d**nedest to believe in the rainbow that I tried to get over and couldn't. So what? Lots of people can't...
Judy Garland: I was born at the age of 12 on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.
Judy Garland: (on her sadistic stage mother) She was the real Wicked Witch of the West.
Judy Garland: Hollywood is a strange place if you're in trouble. Everybody thinks it's contagious.
Judy Garland: MGM had us working days and nights on end. They'd give us pep-up pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they'd take us to the studio hospital and knock us cold with sleeping pills . . . Then after four hours they'd wake us up and give us the pep-up pills again so we could work another 72 hours in a row.
Judy Garland: How strange when an illusion dies. It's as though you've lost a child.
Judy Garland: (when told by a reporter that she had a large gay following) I couldn't care less. I sing to people!
Judy Garland: Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.