On This Day In Judy Garland’s Life And Career – April 8

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Judy Garland has good manners!  Judy Garland bites into an apple
April 8, 1939:  Judy has good manners!

Judy Garland in "Ziegfeld Follies"  Judy Garland in "Ziegfeld Follies"
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April 8, 1946: “Ziegfeld Follies” finally went into general release, having had a roadshow premiere in Boston on August 20, 1945.

The film had been in production for over two years, with various numbers filmed then deleted before the final cut was approved. Even after that 1945 roadshow premiere, the film underwent further revisions.

Judy’s segment, “A Great Lady Has An Interview,” was filmed in July 1944, just after her work on “Meet Me In St. Louis” had been completed. It was one of the most popular, and most successful, segments in the film with reviewers singling her out for praise.

Judy Garland 1956 TV Special  Judy Garland 1956 TV Special  Judy Garland 1956 TV Special

April 8, 1956: Judy’s second TV special was broadcast live from CBS-TV in Hollywood, California. “The General Electric Theater” was hosted by Ronald Reagan and featured Judy singing “I Feel A Song Coming On”; “Maybe I’ll Come Back”; “Last Night When We Were Young”; “Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries”; “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face”; “Come Rain Or Come Shine”; and “April Showers.”
As with her 1955 special, the program mirrored her recent album for Capitol Records, titled “Judy” which was released on October 10, 1956 (http://www.thejudyroom.com/capitol/judy.html).

Judy Garland with Desi Arnaz Sr. and Tom Green

April 8, 1967: Judy appeared, and performed, at a dinner honoring her old family friend, Marcella Rabwin. The dinner took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Rabwin’s husband, Dr. Marc Rabwin, was close to the Gumm family from before Judy was born. In fact, it was Rabwin who convinced Frank and Ethel not to terminate Ethel’s pregnancy after Frank went to him with their concerns about having a third child (Judy).
Pictured here with Judy are Desi Arnaz, Joe Luft, and Tom Green.


  1. I’m so enjoying these postings. I look forward to getting them. Awesome job! Keep it up…please :))


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