Women in the Performing Arts

Judy Garland

39-cent Judy Garland stamp
The Judy Garland stamp was issued on June 10, 2006.

Judy Garland (1922-1969) won a spot in the history of American film in 1939 when she played the lead role of Dorothy in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. However before her Oscar winning performance in The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was a child performer who started out singing and acting. As Garland’s career developed, she received a contract with the major motion picture company, MGM. Once she signed on with MGM Judy Garland had a prolific film career, and stared in many movies with another film legend, Mickey Rooney. Despite her fame, Judy Garland suffered from drug dependency issues and eventually died of an over dose on barbiturates.

In 2006, the Postal Service released a Judy Garland stamp. The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler and was issued on Garland’s birthday at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York. The stamp features a portrait created by Tim O’Brian that was based on a photo from Garland’s film, “A Star is Born.”