Judy Garland Timeline

Highlights of Judy Garland's life and career.

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1922-06-10 07:11:26

Frances Ethel Gumm is born

Frances Ethel Gumm is born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The third and youngest child of Frank and Ethel Gumm. Frances' two older sisters are Virginia & Mary Jane.

1923-12-01 00:00:00

First Performance

Frances' (Judy's) first known public performance. She sings "Jingle Bells" at her sisters neighborhood talent show.

1924-12-26 00:00:00

Stage Debut

Frances' (Judy's) official stage debut at her father's movie theater "The New Grand Theater" in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

1926-06-08 08:23:24

Gumm Family Visits Los Angeles

The Gumm family takes a vacation west to California. They perform along the way. After their return, they decide to move there.

1927-12-17 00:00:00

First Acting Role

Frances (Judy) plays one of the Seven Dwarfts in the Lancaster Grammar Schools production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." This is the earliest known production in which Judy acted in.

1928-08-01 00:00:00

Radio Debut

This is the earliest known radio appearance by Judy and her sisters. They performed for the KFI Radio, Los Angelese "The Kiddies Hour" program (a.k.a. "The Children's Hour").

1929-06-11 10:14:51

FILM DEBUT: The Big Review

Performing as "The Gumm Sisters," Judy and her sisters make their first film for Vitaphone. The film is shot over 3 days, June 11, 12, & 13th just after Frances' 7th birthday. The short premieres on August 14th at the Fox Belmont Theater in Hollywood, California. The short is a "two reeler" and eighteen minutes in length.

1929-10-01 00:00:00

First MGM Audition

Judy and her sisters audition for Gus Edwards at the MGM Studios. Nothing comes from the audition.

1929-11-11 00:00:00

Film Shorts

Judy and her sisters film three shorts as part of "The Vitaphone Kiddies" for "Vitaphone Varieties" (part of Warner Bros). The films were made at the First National Studios in Burbank, CA in two-color technicolor. The films are: "A Holiday In Storyland" singing "When The Butterflies Kiss The Buttercups Goodbye" (as "The 3 Kute Kiddies" and Judy (Baby Frances) has her FIRST ON SCREEN SOLO: "Blue Butterfly;" "The Wedding of Jack and Jill" with Judy singing a solo of "Hang Onto A Rainbow;" and "Bubbles" with the sisters singing "The Land Of Let's Pretend" (Baby Frances has a partial solo). The audio for all of these films has survived. A black and white print of "Bubbles" also survives.

1931-08-15 00:00:00

Audition at Universal Studios

Judy auditions for Universal Studios. Nothing comes from it.

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