“Liza’s the big singer in the family now … I couldn’t begin to [sing her songs] as well as she does.” – Judy Garland, 1967
March 12, 1938: Mrs. Walter Ferguson of “The Pittsburg Press” pondered what kind of inferiority complexes young stars like Judy would have. “When the world is yours at 15 what is left to strive for?” In Judy’s case – a lot!
March 12, 1938: More for Everybody Sing.
March 12, 1942: Judy was back in dance rehearsals with Gene Kelly for For Me And My Gal.
The photo above was taken on March 13, 1942. More from that session tomorrow!
March 9, 1943: Judy was in the middle of filming the new finale sequence for Presenting Lily Mars when she posed in her new finale costume for some publicity photos. She had previously posed for publicity photos in the same costume on November 9, 1942, with a completely different hairstyle and backdrop. MGM’s little girl next door had grown up!
Note that the last two photos above were taken on the set of the finale sequence.
The gown was a highlight of Michael Siewert’s extensive collection which was auctioned in 2017. Check out The Judy Room’s 2017 “Year in Review” for details.
March 12, 1944: The “Los Angeles Times” corrected their previous error in reporting that Judy was expecting a child in August. It was actually Judy Canova!
March 12, 1945: The Harvey Girls filming continued with scenes on the “Interior Rail Road Coach” set. Time called: 10 a.m.; arrived: 10:25 a.m.; dismissed: 5:10 p.m.
Later that evening there was a preview of Ziegfeld Follies. Judy had filmed her guest spot for the all-star extravaganza in July 1944. The troubled production was edited and re-edited for two years before it was finally released on April 8, 1946, after a roadshow premiere in Boston on August 20, 1945.
March 12, 1946: Born on this day, Judy’s first child the fabulous Liza Minnelli! Liza May Minnelli was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Los Angeles, at 7:58 a.m., weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Of course, the father was the equally fabulous Vincente Minnelli.
March 12, 1947: Two Decca ads, one from March 12, 1947, that features Judy’s duet with Bing Crosby, “Connecticut,” the other from March 12, 1948, noting the album “Bing Crosby Sings With” (retail price $4.80) which featured four of Judy and Bing’s duets recorded for Decca Records including “Connecticut.” The duet was recorded on March 9, 1945.
Listen to “Connecticut” here:
Listen to the alternate take of Connecticut” here:
Label from The Rick Smith Collection. Thanks, Rick!
On this day at MGM, Judy had another rehearsal of “Voodoo” for The Pirate. Time called: 2:00 p.m.; dismissed: 4:00 p.m.
March 12, 1947: A couple more ads promoting MGM’s new soundtrack album of songs from Till The Clouds Roll By.
March 12, 1948: Judy’s last day of filming on Easter Parade consisted of retakes on the “Exterior Drugstore” (the “Fella With An Umbrella” number) and “Interior Brevoort Restaurant” sets. Judy was due in makeup at 7 a.m.; then due on the set at 9 a.m.; arriving at 9:25 a.m. Filming for the day was completed at 12:30 p.m.
The final cost of the film was $2,503,654 which was actually under budget by $191,280. Upon its initial release on July 16, 1948, Easter Parade grossed over 6 million, making it Judy’s second highest-grossing film for MGM. Meet Me In St. Louis was her highest-grossing MGM film, making over 7 million in its first release.
March 12, 1949: This photo of Judy’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, on the set of In The Good Old Summertime was published again. The photo was actually taken on December 6, 1948. It was the day of filming Liza’s screen debut. She’s seen in the very last shot of the film, playing the daughter of Judy and Van Johnson’s characters.
March 12, 1949: These photos were snapped of Judy and daughter Liza Minnelli, celebrating Liza’s 3rd birthday.
Judy was in the middle of music rehearsals for Annie Get Your Gun but had a couple of days off. She returned to MGM on March 15th for more rehearsals with Howard Keel.
March 12, 1950: Judy and husband Vincente Minnelli helped daughter Liza celebrate her 4th birthday. Some sources list these photos as being taken on March 13th while others list them as for March 27th. Since March 12 is Liza’s birthday, I’m posting them in this entry.
March 12, 1952: While she was vacationing in Palm Beach, Florida, Judy took part in a benefit showing of The African Queen. It’s unknown what she sang. Included here is an article that reports on Judy’s activity the previous day, throwing the first pitch at a benefit baseball game.
March 12, 1954: Judy was ill and did not work on A Star Is Born. She was currently filming the “Lose That Long Face” number.
Images: Scans of the wonderful 1955/56 UK “Picturegoer” Film Annual. Scans provided by Kim Lundgreen. Thanks, Kim!
March 12, 1959: Hugh Mulligan of the Associated Press didn’t care for Capitol’s “Judy Garland at the Grove” album. 🙁
March 12, 1963: Judy hosted a birthday party for daughter Liza Minnelli’s seventeenth birthday. Liza had just broken her leg during rehearsals of “Best Foot Forward.” Even with her broken foot she still went on, on opening night that March 27th. Liza’s a trouper!
Also on this date, this short and amusing blurb about Judy’s starts and stops at her recent appearance at the London Palladium.
March 12, 1963: Judy’s recent appearance and missed cue at the London Palladium was reported.
March 12, 1965: Judy was in the middle of her engagement at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami, Florida.
March 12, 1967: An article appeared in the “Chicago American” newspaper, about Judy apparently consulting a vocal coach in Beverly Hills, Randy Herron – no relation to Mark Herron, Judy’s former husband. Roger Dettmer, the author of the article, states that Judy talked about doing the movie version of “Mame”; not being able to read music; her tax problems; “the Brentwood house she rattles around in” and she sang, including new songs: “the score of ‘Mame’ virtually complete, and ‘roar Of The Greasepaint’ as well as a couple that Liza had recorded, though Judy soon stopped, saying ‘Liza’s the big singer in the family now … I couldn’t begin to do them as well as she does.'”
Photo: Judy in concert during her “Palace Tour” in late 1967.