This Judy Garland Performance Was Too Dark To Air On TV, But 52 Years On The Lost Footage Resurfaced

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Decades after Judy Garland’s untimely death, she remains one of America’s most beloved stars. Garland’s career was illustrious, too, with the star having won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and two Grammys as well as having appeared in some of the most popular films of the 20th century. But despite these successes, Garland’s personal life was incredibly troubled. And one of her last filmed performances was in fact cut from broadcast for being too dark…

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How the actor got to that point, though, is a story in itself. And given that Garland was often bright, bubbly and charming on screen, it may be hard to imagine one of her performances as being anything but life-affirming. However, the star’s journey to the moment when a TV network decided that audiences couldn’t handle her started when she was very, very young.

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Born in 1922, Garland was originally named Frances Gumm. Her parents, Frank and Ethel, had a link to show business, too – albeit a small one – as they managed a movie theater in Minnesota’s Grand Rapids. Before their little girl was even three years old, in fact, she was performing vaudeville numbers on the Gumms’ stage.

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