Judy Garland was an American actress and singer. Her versatile talents made her excel both as a singer, an actor and a vaudevillian. She was the first woman to win a Grammy Award- ‘Album of the Year’ for her live recording at Carnegie Hall London in the year 1961. To know more about the net worth of Judy Garland in the year 2019, keep reading this article.
Early Life And Biography:
Judy Garland was born in Grand Rapids Minnesota on June 10, 1922. Her parents Francis Avent Gumm and Ethel Mario were vaudevillians who ran a movie theatre.
Judy Garland attended Hollywood High School, Los Angeles and graduated from University High School. The family moved to California in 1926 when her father purchased and operated a theatre in Lancaster.
Judy Garland’s personal life was tough as she had a difficult childhood and a turbulent youth. Her mother expected her to sing and act without waiting for her to grow up first.
Like the marital troubles of her parents, she too didn’t have a happy married life as she was married five times by the time she died at the age of 47.
She had three children.
Career Awards And Nominations:
Judy Garland was performing as ‘Garland sisters’ with her two elder sisters in 1934. In September 1935 Louis B. Mayer signed her to a contract with MGM when she was just 13 years old.
Her career break came with MGM’s ‘Backyard Musicals’ in which Judy Garland paired with Mickey Rooney. With its success the pair was cast in several films of MGM including ‘Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry’ and ‘Life Begins for Andy Hardy’.
One of Judy Garland’s greatest roles came in 1938 when she was cast as Dorothy Gale in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Her song ‘Over the Rainbow’ in the film was identified with her face for a long time.
In 1940 her three films ‘Little Nellie Kelly’, ‘Strike up the Band’ and ‘Andy Hardy meets Debutante’ secured her position as a major star. In 1944 she starred in the film ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ which was a great success and launched her as a glamorous actress rather than the girl next door.
In 1947 her film ‘Easter Parade’ became her top grossing film at MGM. She acted in 35 films in her career before her death in 1969.
Judy Garland was nominated for an Academy Award-‘Best Actress’ for the film ‘A Star is Born’ (1965) and Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’ (1962). She was awarded Special Academy Juvenile Award in 1940 for the film ‘Wizard of the Oz’ and ‘Babes in Arms’.
Judy Garland also won two Grammy Awards for the Album ‘Judy at Carnegie Hall’ and a Grammy-‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 1997 posthumously.
Net Worth And Earnings:
Judy Garland’s net worth is estimated at $25 million. Her earnings mainly came from her 35 films in which she was cast in the main or supporting roles, many times as a singer-actor. Her TV shows, stage shows, and concerts added to her net worth.
Judy Garland had a troubled childhood and youth despite her phenomenal success as a singer and actor. She was into drugs to keep her slimmer and was on a diet that took its toll on her health. The tremendous pressure of her work made her take pills which eventually were one of the causes of her early death.