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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