The actress known across the globe for her movie musical turn as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" will become the 12th inductee into the collection issued by the U.S. Postal Service. Born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, MN, the actress grew to become an all-around performer, acting in comedy or drama, singing and dancing.
In 1940, Garland won a special Academy Award "for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year" — having appeared in "The Wizard of Oz" and "Babes in Arms." Other films include "For Me and My Gal," "Meet Me in St. Louis," and Academy Award nominated roles in "A Star Is Born" and "Judgment at Nuremberg."
Following her acclaimed, self-titled performance run at Broadway's Palace Theater in 1951, she was honored with a special Tony Award. Garland has also appeared as a pivotal character in Broadway's The Boy From Oz and Off-Broadway's current The Property Known as Garland.
She was also the mother of three accomplished children: Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joe Luft.
Previous Legend of Hollywood honorees include Marilyn Monroe (1995), James Dean (1996), Humphrey Bogart (1997), Alfred Hitchcock (1998), James Cagney (1999), Edward G. Robinson (2000), Lucille Ball (2001), Cary Grant (2002), Audrey Hepburn (2003), John Wayne (2004) and Henry Fonda (2005).
Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp using a portrait of Garland by Brooklyn artist Tim O'Brien based on a publicity photo for "A Star Is Born." A reproduction of Garland's signature appears across the bottom of the stamp. "Issuance dates are tentative," according to the Postal Service, "and may change without notice."
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