List of Judy Garland performances

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Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, the role with which she would most closely be identified.

In a career that spanned more than forty years, Judy Garland performed on stage, screen and television. Garland appeared in 34 feature films. She was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards, receiving an Academy Juvenile Award and one Golden Globe. Her film career was interrupted in 1951 after she was cast in a series of films she was unable to complete, but she returned to the screen in 1954 in A Star Is Born and continued to appear in films until 1963.

Although Garland appeared in concert as early as 1943, it was only when her film career stalled that she began regular concert appearances, beginning with a critically acclaimed 1951 concert series at the London Palladium. Garland set a record when she appeared for 19 weeks at the Palace Theatre in New York City, also in 1951, and her 1961 concert Judy at Carnegie Hall is often considered as one of the greatest nights in show business history. She continued to tour until just three months prior to her death in 1969.

Garland starred in a series of television specials beginning in 1955, when she appeared in the first episode of Ford Star Jubilee. The success of these specials led CBS to offer Garland a regular series. The Judy Garland Show premiered in 1963. Although the show was critically well-received, it suffered in the Nielsen ratings from being scheduled across from Bonanza, which was then the most popular show on the air. The Judy Garland Show was canceled after one season but Garland and the series were nominated for Emmy Awards.


Judy Garland as Vicki Lester in A Star Is Born
1954 publicity still
Garland given the Hollywood "glamor treatment" for her role in Presenting Lily Mars
With Margaret O'Brien in 1944
Garland performing "The Trolley Song" in Meet Me in St. Louis
Garland as Mrs. Wallner in Judgment at Nuremberg

Feature films[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Pigskin Parade 1936 Sairy Dodd (film debut)
Broadway Melody of 1938 1937 Betty Clayton
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry 1937 Cricket West
Everybody Sing 1938 Judy Bellaire
Love Finds Andy Hardy 1938 Betsy Booth
Listen, Darling 1938 "Pinkie" Wingate
The Wizard of Oz 1939 Dorothy Gale Garland was honored with an Academy Juvenile Award[a]
Babes in Arms 1939 Patsy Barton
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante 1940 Betsy Booth
Strike Up the Band 1940 Mary Holden
Little Nellie Kelly 1940 Nellie Noonan Kelly / Little Nellie Kelly
Ziegfeld Girl 1941 Susan Gallagher
Life Begins for Andy Hardy 1941 Betsy Booth
Babes on Broadway 1941 Penny Morris
For Me and My Gal 1942 Jo Hayden
Thousands Cheer 1943 Herself
Presenting Lily Mars 1943 Lily Mars
Girl Crazy 1943 Ginger Gray
Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Esther Smith
The Clock 1945 Alice Mayberry
Ziegfeld Follies 1945 The Star Featured in The Great Lady Has An Interview segment
The Harvey Girls 1946 Susan Bradley
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 Marilyn Miller Performed "Look for the Silver Lining", "Sunny" and "Who?"
The Pirate 1948 Manuela Ava
Easter Parade 1948 Hannah Brown
Words and Music 1948 Herself Performed "I Wish I Were in Love Again" and "Johnny One Note"
In the Good Old Summertime 1949 Veronica Fisher
Summer Stock 1950 Jane Falbury
A Star Is Born 1954 Vicki Lester (Esther Blodgett) Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical[1][2]
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Pepe 1960 Herself (voice only)
Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Irene Hoffmann-Wallner Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture[1][2]
Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance
Gay Purr-ee 1962 Mewsette (voice only)
A Child Is Waiting 1963 Jean Hansen
I Could Go On Singing 1963 Jenny Bowman (final film role)
  1. ^ "for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year" for The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Arms.[1]

Short subjects[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
The Big Revue 1929 Herself, with the Gumm Sisters
A Holiday in Storyland 1930 Herself, with the Gumm Sisters Lost; Includes Garland's first solo number, "Blue Butterfly"
Bubbles 1930 Herself, with the Gumm Sisters
The Wedding of Jack and Jill 1930 Herself, with the Gumm Sisters Lost
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara 1935 Herself, with the Gumm Sisters
Every Sunday 1936 Judy First role at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Silent Night 1937 Herself Performed "Silent Night" with St Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers of Long Beach
If I Forget You 1940 Herself Performed "If I Forget You" for the Will Rogers Memorial Fund
We Must Have Music 1942 Herself Featured in musical number deleted from Ziegfeld Girl

Unfinished films[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
The Barkleys of Broadway 1949 Dinah Barkley Garland was taking prescription sleeping medication along with illicitly obtained pills containing morphine. These in combination with migraine headaches led Garland to miss several shooting days in a row. After being advised by Garland's doctor that she would only be able to work in four- to five-day increments with extended rest periods between, MGM executive Arthur Freed suspended Garland on July 18, 1948. She was replaced with Ginger Rogers.[3]
Annie Get Your Gun 1950 Annie Oakley Garland was nervous at the prospect of playing Annie Oakley—a role strongly identified with Ethel Merman—anxious about appearing in an unglamourous role after breaking from juvenile parts for several years and disturbed by her treatment at the hands of director Busby Berkeley. She began arriving late to the set and would sometimes not show up at all. She was suspended from the picture on May 10, 1949 and replaced with Betty Hutton.[4]
Royal Wedding 1951 Ellen Bowen Having been called in to replace a pregnant June Allyson, Garland again failed to report to the set on multiple occasions after costume tests and rehearsals with Fred Astaire and director Charles Walters. The studio suspended her contract on June 17, 1950 and replaced her with Jane Powell.[5]
Valley of the Dolls 1967 Helen Lawson Garland was cast as Helen Lawson in the film version of Jacqueline Susann's bestseller featuring the character of Neely O'Hara (Patty Duke), who was largely based upon Garland herself. As with previous projects, Garland missed days of work, blew repeated takes and delayed production by refusing to leave her dressing room. She was replaced in April 1967 with Susan Hayward.[6] However, Patty Duke tells another story – that the director kept Garland waiting for hours until late in the day, by which time she was either too tired or too nervous to perform.[7] Another star of the film, Barbara Parkins, also defended Garland, stating on numerous occasions that "Miss Hayward was a pale imitation of what Garland could have made of the role." [8]

Box Office ranking[edit]

At the height of her career, Garland was regularly ranked among the top movie stars in the US in the annual poll conducted by Quigley publishing:[9]

  • 1940 – 10th[10]
  • 1941 – 10th
  • 1942 – 19th[11]
  • 1943 – 11th
  • 1944 – 14th[12]
  • 1945 – 9th
  • 1946 – 25th
  • 1950 – 25th


Garland appeared in concert over 1,100 times.[13] Listed below are some of her key concert performances.

Date Location Notes
July 10, 1943 Philadelphia Gave first solo concert at the Robin Hood Dell; Andre Kostelanetz conducted the orchestra.[14]
April 9, 1951 London Garland opened her new show at the London Palladium; the show performed twice nightly with Wednesday and Saturday matinees.
July 1, 1951 Dublin Performed in Ireland at the Theatre Royal, Dublin for 14 sold-out performances where her show was performed for 50,000 people which was unprecedented for the time. Upon arrival in Dublin, she was met by huge crowds to whom she sang from her dressing room window.[5]
October 16, 1951 New York City The legendary Palace Theater opening – the show ran for 19 weeks and broke all box office records. She returned from 11/16/51–2/24/52.[15]
1956 Las Vegas, Nevada at the New Frontier Hotel Garland performed a four-week stand for a salary of $55,000 per week, making her the highest-paid entertainer to work in Las Vegas to date. Despite a brief bout of laryngitis, her performances there were so successful that her run was extended an extra week.[16]
May 11, 1959 New York City Opened at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York for a 7 night run.
October 3, 5, 1960 Paris Palais de Chaillot, dubbed by French critics "La Piaf Americaine"
October 28, 29, 1960 Paris Concert at the famed Olympia
October 1960 Amsterdam The concert is broadcast live on European radio and is considered to be on a par with the Carnegie Hall performance the following year.[5]
April 23, 1961 New York City The legendary concert at Carnegie Hall.
September 16, 1961 Los Angeles, California Performed the Carnegie Hall concert at the Hollywood Bowl to sold out audience in spite of heavy rain.
May 1964 Sydney/Melbourne Perhaps Garland's most unsuccessful tour and caused much controversy. The reviews for the two Sydney concerts were positive. However, the Melbourne portion of the tour was a disaster for her. The audience was angry over her late appearance, so much that she was unable to remember lyrics and slurred those that she did remember. She left the stage in tears after only 20 minutes. It was the first time in her career that she had received negative notices and where she had been heckled and jeered by an audience.[5]
November 8, 15, 1964 London Performed at the London Palladium with daughter Liza Minnelli in a one-off event for ITV. The concert was recorded and released as a 2 record album LP set by Capitol Records.
July 31, 1967 New York City Returned to the Palace Theatre for a 4-week sold-out run.
August 31, 1967 Boston Largest audience; over 100,000 people attended her free outdoor concert on the Boston Common.
December 25, 27, 1967 New York City Appeared at Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum theatre.
March 25, 1969 Copenhagen, Denmark Garland's final concert, at the Falkoner Centre in Copenhagen.


Key Garland television appearances include:

Date Title Network Notes
September 24, 1955[17] Ford Star Jubilee CBS The first full-scale color telecast on CBS.[18]
April 8, 1956[19] General Electric Theater CBS Slated to be the first of a series of CBS specials under a three-year, $300,000 contract with Garland, this was the only one produced before the relationship between Garland and husband Sid Luft and CBS broke down in a dispute over the planned format of upcoming specials.[20]
February 25, 1962 The Judy Garland Show CBS Featured Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Nominated for four Emmy Awards.[21]
March 19, 1963[22] Judy Garland and Her Guests Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet CBS Nominated for an Emmy.
September 29, 1963 – March 29, 1964 The Judy Garland Show CBS Garland's only regular series. Canceled after one season and 26 episodes. Garland and the series were Emmy-nominated.[23]
December 1, 1964 Judy and Liza at the Palladium ITV Broadcast of the November 1964 appearance with Liza Minnelli.
December 1968 The Merv Griffin Show CBS
January 19, 1969[24] Sunday Night at the London Palladium ITV

Radio appearances[edit]

For a list of songs performed on the radio, see: Radio recordings (1935–1961)

Date Program Episode
1940-10-28 Lux Radio Theatre "Strike Up the Band"
1941-01-26 Silver Theater "Love's New Sweet Song"
1941-11-09 The Screen Guild Theater "Babes in Arms"
1941-11-17 Lux Radio Theatre "Merton of the Movies"
1942-10-12 Lux Radio Theatre "Morning Glory"
1942-12-28 Lux Radio Theatre "A Star Is Born"
1943-03-22 The Screen Guild Theater "For Me and My Gal"
1946-01-28 Lux Radio Theatre "The Clock"
1946-11-21 Suspense "Drive-In"
1946-12-02 Lux Radio Theatre "Meet Me in St. Louis"
1950-12-25 Lux Radio Theatre "The Wizard of Oz"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Judy Garland: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  2. ^ a b "Judy Garland". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  3. ^ Shipman pp. 225-6
  4. ^ Clarke pp. 250-5
  5. ^ a b c d Frank, Gerold (1975). Judy. Harper & Row. ISBN 0-306-80894-3.
  6. ^ Seaman pp. 292-3, 343
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ Quigley Publishing Top Ten Moneymaking Stars
  10. ^ "Acclaimed BY Film Trade". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 4 February 1941. p. 8 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  11. ^ "THE SCREEN'S FIRST MONEY-SPINNEKS FOR 1942". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 27 February 1943. p. 6 Supplement: The Argus Week-end Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Bing Crosby America's Screen Favourite". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 24 March 1945. p. 8 Supplement: The Argus Week-end Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  13. ^ Fricke, John. "Judy Garland: Featured Essay". PBS. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  14. ^ DiOrio, Jr., Al (1973). Little Girl Lost: The Life and Hard Times of Judy Garland. Manor Books.
  15. ^ St. Johns, Adela Rogers (1974). Some Are Born Great. Doubleday & Company.
  16. ^ Frank p. 420–1
  17. ^ Parsons, Louella (1955-09-23). "TV Spectacular Gives New Rainbow to Judy". The Daily Review.
  18. ^ Sanders p. 16
  19. ^ Sanders p. 19
  20. ^ Sanders p. 24
  21. ^ "Awards for The Judy Garland Show (1962)". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  22. ^ Sanders p. 65
  23. ^ "Awards for The Judy Garland Show (1963)". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  24. ^ Edwards p. 327


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