Judy performed throughout North East and North Central Minnesota from 1924-1926. Over the next nine years, the three Gumm Sisters made hundreds of stage and local radio appearances up and down the West Coast and as far East as Detroit.Judy’s parents lived in Grand Rapids from 1914-1926 1929 The sisters were featured in The Big Revue (Mayfair Pictures) and sang in three more Vitaphone Varieties shorts: A Holiday in Storyland, The Wedding of Jack and Jill, and Bubbles (First National).sang in a way that produced in the audience sensations that haven't been equaled in years.She must have the divine spark to be able to sing as she did." 1934 Comedian/emcee George Jessel suggested that the girls change their last name to something more theatrical; he recommended Garland.A few months later, Frances selected “Judy” (from the song by Sammy Lerner/Hoagy Carmichael) as her new first name.Shortly thereafter, her sisters bowed out of the act.
“Basically, I am still Judy Garland, a plain American girl from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, who’s had a lot of good breaks, a few tough breaks, and who loves you with all her heart for your kindness in understanding that I am nothing more, nothing less.” 1934 A review from The Los Angeles Evening Express read, "Little Frances ...
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