Judy Garland’s Biggest Movies, According to Data – 24/7 Wall St.

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Judy Garland, who helped lift America’s spirits during the final stages of the Depression in the 1930s and continued to turn in strong performances into the 1940s and 50s (plus a few in the early 1960s ), would have been 100 years old on June 10. She was one of the brightest stars of Hollywood’s golden, but also tragic, era. She rose to the heights of fame, appearing in films such as “A Star is Born,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Easter Parade,” but struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout. his career.

To determine the best Judy Garland films, 24/7 Tempo has developed an index using average ratings on IMDban online movie database owned by Amazon, and a combination of Audience Scores and Tomatometer scores on rotten tomatoes, an online movie and TV review aggregator, which weights all ratings equally. Information about directors and actors also came from IMDb.

America has always had a soft spot for Garland, Minnesota’s youngest vaudevillian daughter. Her mystique is such that in 2019, 50 years after her death, a biopic of Garland was a box office success and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Renee Zellweger.

His early films were full of optimism and energy at a time when America needed both. She appeared in five lavish Busby Berkeley productions and was paired with Mickey Rooney in 10 films. Garland donned her dancing shoes for films with clogs Gene Kelly (“For Me and My Gal”) and Fred Astaire (“Easter Parade”). She played few straight dramatic roles, but won plaudits for them. (See where Garland’s movies fared among the best musicals of all time.)

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Garland’s addiction, which began as a child when her mother gave her stimulants to perform and depressants to rest. Movie moguls only made her life worse, limiting her diet because they thought she was overweight. She died at the age of 47 – $4 million in debt, sources say. (Here are 20 celebrities who died broke.)

Audiences either didn’t notice or didn’t care about Garland’s issues. They were captivated by her charm and her ability to seemingly live the songs she sang. Garland’s character, Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz” – the wide-eyed Kansas farm girl with pigtails and a blue plaid dress – would become one of America’s most iconic cinematic images.

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