Frances Ethel Gumm.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Frances Ethel Gumm was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota back in 1922 to Francis and Ethel.  The family moved to Lancaster, California in 1926.  In 1928, she enrolled in a dance school.  Apparently, she was good at what she did as she performed with her sister around the United States.  The group broke up in 1935. 

Just before the breakup Burton Lane watched them perform at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, she appeared at the request of Louis B. Mayer to sing, once she had finished he was immediately hired by the MGM Studios. As they say the rest is history.

She was active from 1924-1969, a total of 45 years.  She died at 47.  During her career, she stared in many films, Broadway hits and regular guest appearances on TV. 

While you may not recognize Frances by her birth name, you surely know her by her stage name of Judy Garland.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, who knew that name?  I didn't.... and here's

May 14, 2020 02:49 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I knew this one - What a birth name - Frances Gumm to go with such talent and such unhappiness

May 14, 2020 03:56 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - last year I saw the movie Judy starring Renee Zellweger but the story showed just a part of her life.  I don't recall knowing her real name previously.   

May 14, 2020 04:00 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was a unique name it was a good choice for a new one.

May 14, 2020 04:53 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James.... I actually knew this one before you told me who this was! Judy Garland certainly has a different sound to it, don't you think?

May 14, 2020 05:14 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

So many with stage names!

She did have a troubled life.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 14, 2020 05:47 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I did not know, or I had forgotten, that Judy was also from my State of birth, Minnesota, James Dray . Thanks for the knowledge.

May 14, 2020 06:09 AM #7
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Judy Garland was a favorite of my mother. Enjoy your day!

May 14, 2020 06:39 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

I was not familiar with this background.

May 14, 2020 08:42 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Judy Garland was a big favorite of many.  The wizard of Oz was/is a childhood staple of many...A

May 14, 2020 08:42 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - and yes, I still remember her as Dorothy but my wife has seen most of her movies.

May 14, 2020 09:11 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have definitely heard of Judy Garland and it was nice to read about her history.

May 14, 2020 12:49 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- well what do you know!!! I knew this one!!! We're not in Kansas any more!!!

May 14, 2020 01:50 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I did not know ALL the history but I did recognize the name. Fun read, and such a great entertainer!


May 14, 2020 02:28 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

She had a voice that I can still hear when I close my eyes...

Thanks you for sharing this James Dray 

May 14, 2020 08:44 PM #15
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this story.  I did not know  the name Frances Gumm.   But we all know the stage name Judy Garland.

May 14, 2020 08:45 PM #16
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

She was one of a kind!  

May 15, 2020 02:45 AM #17
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