Judy Garland

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What becomes a legend most?
Exhibition Label
Singer and actress Judy Garland (1922–1969) achieved fame and success early on. At age thirteen, she quickly gained popularity among studio executives through her films with costar Mickey Rooney. Garland received a special Oscar in 1940 for outstanding performances as a juvenile screen actor, including her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz (1939). She continued singing and acting into adulthood, but struggled with her celebrity and addiction to diet and sleeping pills.
In this print, Andy Warhol intensified the actress’s glamour and drew attention to the artifice behind it by enlarging and cropping his source image and adding color accents. He once described Garland as “turning everything on and off in a second; she was the greatest actress you could imagine in every minute of her life.”
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York
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Object number
Andy Warhol, 6 Aug 1928 - 22 Feb 1987
Judy Garland, 10 Jun 1922 - 22 Jun 1969
Judy Garland: Female
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Judy Garland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Judy Garland: Oscar
Color screenprint on paper
Sheet: 96.4 x 96.4 cm (37 15/16 x 37 15/16")
Frame: 121.5 x 121.6 x 3.7 cm (47 13/16 x 47 7/8 x 1 7/16")
National Portrait Gallery