Judy Garland, who would have turned 100 on Friday, June 10, has made many awards in history. She was the first woman to win a Grammy for Album of the Year and the first woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. She was also the first woman to present two Oscar-winning songs: “Over the Rainbow” and “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe”.
Garland won two Grammys, a Juvenile Oscar (as those special awards for young performers were then called) and a special Tony. She also received three Emmy Award nominations. Not a bad performance, to be sure, but less than an artist of her talent and stature deserved.
Garland died in 1969 (aged 47), but she never really left us. The 2001 TV miniseries Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows received top ratings and won five Emmys, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for star Judy Davis and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for co-star Tammy Blanchard as young Judy.
Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress Oscar for playing Garland in the 2019 biopic Judy. She paid tribute to the big star in her eloquent acceptance speech: “I have to say, this past year of conversations celebrating Judy Garland across genders and… across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder. may our heroes unite us. … Miss Garland, you were certainly among the heroes that unite and define us, and this is certainly for you.
Here’s Garland’s life and legacy in the moments of the awards show.