Stunning Vintage Photos Of Judy Garland's Career

Judy Garland left an indelible mark on the film industry.

The actress and singer was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She began her stage career when she was just a kid, performing with her sisters as part of the Vaudeville act The Gumm Sisters. By the age of 13, she had signed a film contract with MGM studios. Her early films included “Pigskin Parade” (1936) and “Love Finds Andy Hardy” (1938), alongside frequent co-star Mickey Rooney.

In 1939, Garland appeared as Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz.” The role, arguably her most well-known, cemented her place in the Hollywood canon. Dorothy’s costume, the blue-and-white gingham apron dress and ruby slippers, also became instantly iconic and continue to influence fashion trends to this day.

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, with Margaret Hamilton, in "The Wizard of Oz." (Photo: Silver Screen Collection via Getty Images)
Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, with Margaret Hamilton, in "The Wizard of Oz." (Photo: Silver Screen Collection via Getty Images)

Garland, whose daughter is performer Liza Minnelli, faced pressure from MGM about her looks and weight in her career. As a result, she was given amphetamines, on which she eventually became reliant. The star, who is widely beloved by the gay community, would go on to struggle with drugs throughout her career up until her untimely death from an accidental overdose in 1969.

In honor of what would have been the star’s 97th birthday, we’re taking a look back at her life and career in photos.

1935

A portrait of the actress sometime in 1935, when she was first signed to MGM.
A portrait of the actress sometime in 1935, when she was first signed to MGM.

1935

Garland poses for a portrait circa 1935.
Garland poses for a portrait circa 1935.

1936

The actress in a scene from the 1936 film "Pigskin Parade."
The actress in a scene from the 1936 film "Pigskin Parade."

Circa 1936

Garland at age 14 or 15.
Garland at age 14 or 15.

1937

Garland in a Western costume for an MGM still.
Garland in a Western costume for an MGM still.

1938

Garland celebrates her 16th birthday at the Santa Monica beach home of Louis B. Mayer, with Jackie Cooper, left, and Mickey Rooney.
Garland celebrates her 16th birthday at the Santa Monica beach home of Louis B. Mayer, with Jackie Cooper, left, and Mickey Rooney.

1939

Rooney kisses Garland as they arrive at the "Babes in Arms" movie premiere in 1939.
Rooney kisses Garland as they arrive at the "Babes in Arms" movie premiere in 1939.

1939

Garland in "Babes in Arms." 
Garland in "Babes in Arms." 

Late 1930s

Garland stands for a portrait at the Roney Plaza Cabana Sun Club in Miami around the time her film "Everybody Sing" premiered.
Garland stands for a portrait at the Roney Plaza Cabana Sun Club in Miami around the time her film "Everybody Sing" premiered.

1939

Garland sits on a staircase in a photo from 1939.
Garland sits on a staircase in a photo from 1939.

1939

Garland snaps a photo in this image from 1939.
Garland snaps a photo in this image from 1939.

1939

Garland was promoted as an all-American girl by MGM.
Garland was promoted as an all-American girl by MGM.

1939

Garland in a promotional image for the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." 
Garland in a promotional image for the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." 

1940

A studio portrait of Garland at about age 18.
A studio portrait of Garland at about age 18.

1940

The actress in a tinted photo from around 1940.
The actress in a tinted photo from around 1940.

1940

Garland with two pet dogs, circa 1940.
Garland with two pet dogs, circa 1940.

1940

Garland wears a dress she wore in the film "Babes in Arms," circa 1940.  
Garland wears a dress she wore in the film "Babes in Arms," circa 1940.  

1940

Garland in a promotional still from the 1940 film "Strike Up the Band."
Garland in a promotional still from the 1940 film "Strike Up the Band."

1940

Garland in tap shoes between takes on the set of the film "Ziegfeld Girl."
Garland in tap shoes between takes on the set of the film "Ziegfeld Girl."

1941

The actress in California sometime in 1941.
The actress in California sometime in 1941.

1942

The American actor and dancer Gene Kelly dances with Garland in the 1942 film "For Me and My Gal." 
The American actor and dancer Gene Kelly dances with Garland in the 1942 film "For Me and My Gal." 

Undated

A portrait of Garland in an undated photograph.
A portrait of Garland in an undated photograph.

1945

The actress with a badminton racket, circa 1945.
The actress with a badminton racket, circa 1945.

1945

Garland circa 1945.
Garland circa 1945.

1945

Garland in a studio portrait, circa 1945.
Garland in a studio portrait, circa 1945.

1948

Garland in a still from the 1948 film "The Pirate," directed by Vincente Minnelli. Garland and Minnelli married in 1945.
Garland in a still from the 1948 film "The Pirate," directed by Vincente Minnelli. Garland and Minnelli married in 1945.

1954

The actor and singer in a scene from 1954's "A Star Is Born."
The actor and singer in a scene from 1954's "A Star Is Born."

1950

Garland in a checkered shirt, 1950.
Garland in a checkered shirt, 1950.

1950

Garland wears a white lace blouse with and gold drop earrings in a studio portrait, circa 1950. 
Garland wears a white lace blouse with and gold drop earrings in a studio portrait, circa 1950. 

1954

Garland in one of several publicity shots for "A Star Is Born."
Garland in one of several publicity shots for "A Star Is Born."

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this post, a photo caption from the Getty archive misidentified the film “The Pirate” as “Meet Me In St. Louis.”

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Gene Tierney

The actress photographed sometime around 1945. 
The actress photographed sometime around 1945. 

Sophia Loren

The Italian actress in an undated photo. 
The Italian actress in an undated photo. 

Katharine Hepburn

Hepburn, seen here with Brian Aherne in a still from the 1935 film "Sylvia Scarlett." 
Hepburn, seen here with Brian Aherne in a still from the 1935 film "Sylvia Scarlett." 

Audrey Hepburn

The actress poses for a photo, circa 1955.
The actress poses for a photo, circa 1955.

Bette Davis

The film star in a photo from around 1935. 
The film star in a photo from around 1935. 

Elizabeth Taylor

A photo of a young Taylor, circa 1955.
A photo of a young Taylor, circa 1955.

Grace Kelly

The actress-turned-royal strikes a pose in this 1955 image. 
The actress-turned-royal strikes a pose in this 1955 image. 

Rita Hayworth

Hayworth wearing a giant sombrero sometime around 1946. 
Hayworth wearing a giant sombrero sometime around 1946. 

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor, seen here with Eddie Fisher, circa 1960.
Taylor, seen here with Eddie Fisher, circa 1960.

Rita Hayworth

Hayworth photographed in Trinidad, undated. 
Hayworth photographed in Trinidad, undated. 

Janet Gaynor

A portrait of the actress from around 1935. 
A portrait of the actress from around 1935. 

Bessie Love

Love poses for a photo, circa 1927.
Love poses for a photo, circa 1927.

Katharine Hepburn

An undated photograph of the star. 
An undated photograph of the star. 

Carole Lombard

The actress poses for a photo, circa 1933. 
The actress poses for a photo, circa 1933. 

Sophia Loren

The actress wears flower-trimmed hat in this undated photo. 
The actress wears flower-trimmed hat in this undated photo. 

Ava Gardner

An undated portrait of Gardner, likely from some time in the 1950s. 
An undated portrait of Gardner, likely from some time in the 1950s. 

Dorothy Dandridge

Dandridge dressed in character as Bess from the 1959 film "Porgy and Bess." 
Dandridge dressed in character as Bess from the 1959 film "Porgy and Bess." 

Myrna Loy

Loy poses in a garden, circa 1933.
Loy poses in a garden, circa 1933.

Jane Russell

Russell in an undated publicity still. 
Russell in an undated publicity still. 

Norma Shearer

Shearer in a photo from sometime in 1934. 
Shearer in a photo from sometime in 1934. 

Debbie Reynolds

Reynolds poses for a photo, circa 1960.
Reynolds poses for a photo, circa 1960.

Kay Francis

Francis in a photo from sometime around 1934. 
Francis in a photo from sometime around 1934. 

Norma Talmadge

Talmadge in an undated photo. 
Talmadge in an undated photo. 

Betty Grable

Grable poses in a swimsuit in Los Angeles, circa 1940.
Grable poses in a swimsuit in Los Angeles, circa 1940.

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