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Spanning forty-five years of achievement with vaudeville, films, TV specials and voluminous concert extravaganzas, Judy Garland thrilled audiences who adored her stunning intellect. Whiz kid Frances Ethel Gump was twelve years old when she changed her name to Judy Garland in 1934. Louis Mayer began her enchantment the next year by signing her at MGM, and enrolling his “little hunchback” in the Metro school with starlets Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. She also intensified barbiturate and amphetamine addiction and insecurity challenges as stardom surged with nine Andy Hardy films with Mickey Rooney. She expanded her gleam in 1939 when both “The Wizard of Oz” and “Babes in Arms” were released, as only three decades of stardom and struggle awaited “America’s Sweetheart.”

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