Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Died at age 47 in 1969
After appearing in vaudeville with her two older sisters, Garland was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. There, she made more than two dozen films, including nine with Mickey Rooney, and the 1939 film with which she would be most identified, The Wizard of Oz. After 15 years, she was released from the studio but gained renewed success through record-breaking concert appearances, including a return to acting, beginning with critically acclaimed performances.
Despite her professional triumphs, Garland struggled immensely in her personal life. Her self-image was strongly influenced by film executives, who said she was an unattractive teenager and constantly manipulated her onscreen physical appearance. She was plagued by financial instability, married five timesand had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death.
Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1940 to 1957
"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"
"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"
1940s movie star
"The Love Goddess"
1950s movie star
The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado
"LuLu" or "Brooksie"
Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta
1940s iconic actress
The "It" Girl
"Billie" or "Cranberry"
1940s beautiful actress
Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife
"The British Open"
Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl
The Queen of Scream
"The Peek-a-boo Girl"
Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde
1920s film comedienne and philanthropist
"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"
"The First Lady of American Cinema"
"Hollywood's Number One party girl"
"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"
"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"
"Baby" or "The Look"
1930s movie star
"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
"Queen of the B's"
"The 'Ping' Girl"
The "Oomph" Girl
"The Hungarian Rhapsody"
1930s sexy wisecracker
"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"
1930s winsome blonde
1930s B-movie starlet
Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps
1930s comic cutie
The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma
"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"
1930s pale-eyed blonde
1930s fashion star
1930s "nice girl" actress
1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator
Queen of Warner Brothers
1920s silent film actress