Frances Ethel Gumm, best known by her stage name Judy Garland, was an American actress, singer, dancer and vaudevillian. With a career spanning 45 years, she attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a. Frances Ethel Gumm (J – J), best known by her stage name Judy Garland, was an American actress, singer, dancer and vaudevillian. Judy Garland, original name Frances Ethel Gumm, (born J, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, U.S.—died J, London, England), American singer and. Though she remained a vibrant performer during the ensuing lifetime of addiction, Garland would also experience a rash of career and money. Actress and singer Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm on J, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Garland, the star of many classic musical films, was known. 15 Essential Judy Garland Performances · Pigskin Parade () · The Wizard of Oz () · Presenting Lily Mars () · Girl Crazy () · Meet Me. Judy Garland should have been a wealthy woman at the end of her life. After all, Garland starred in The Wizard of Oz, one of the most. The iconic actress's powerful voice hid her struggles with drugs, alcohol, and depression. In , actress and singer Judy Garland starred in. Judy Garland, who paid a tragic price for the life of the show-business superstar, died in London Sunday. She was Despite her cheerful image as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland's private life was fraught with troubles that plagued her for her.