The next chapter in The Judy Room’s Garland Centennial Celebration is up! The page puts the focus on the next chapter in Judy’s life, the momentous year of 1935.
In twelve short months, Frances Gumm went from being the little vaudevillian known as “Frances Garland” getting rave reviews to the new MGM contract player and “Baby Nora Hayes” now known as “Judy Garland.” In the interim, and among many other triumphs, she had two movie studio contracts (including her first with MGM), one contract with a record label (cutting five test records), a sensational national radio review, and even her first appearance on film in Technicolor. She also experienced the tragic and untimely death of her father, Frank Gumm, just over a month after she signed with MGM.
Because the year was so packed, I decided to devote a full page to it in order to better feature the many highlights. Judy had several banner years that will be featured in the coming months.