Judy Garland Database

Introduction to JGDB

Welcome to the Judy Garland Database! This web site is a long-term project dedicated to documenting Judy Garland's career, with emphasis on the MGM years (1935-1950). It is an attempt to pull together all the bits and pieces scattered throughout the many books, documentaries, liner notes and magazine articles about Judy; to pool all that information into one reference volume in a convenient format in which the serious student can find the facts pertaining to Judy's work.

Though there have been more than two dozen books written about Judy Garland, there is surprisingly little information published with respect to her works and her career. This web site is an attempt to concentrate on Judy's career, rather than her personal life. Information here is intended to be useful for collectors and researchers. Every attempt has been made - and continues to be made - to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein.

Work on the Judy Garland Database began in 1993. This web site went online in 1995. Being a computerized database, this work can continue to evolve for a long time to come. As opposed to a book, which is static and unchanging, this web site is dynamic - ever growing and changing as more and more facts come to light. Even the front page and overall format of the web site has evolved through many changes over the years to help keep it interesting.

MGM publicity campaign for 1938
MGM publicity campaign for 1938

The Database survived its first crisis in the spring of 2001 when the author ran out of money and had to close the site down. But an overwhelming response from regular visitors, as well as many generous donations to "the JGDB fund," helped bring it back online again. The site was slimmed a bit at that time, and split between two servers to help keep the disk space on each server to a minimum. Many thanks to all who came to the rescue!

As of this writing, the Judy Garland Database consists of more than 800 pages and 5000 graphics, occupying some 120MB of disk space. The reader may access the information herein through index pages accessed from the Home Page, through the Site Map, or by use of the online Search function.

The Judy Garland Database is completely non-profit. It is a hobbyist web site. It is hosted on a high-speed backbone server; an ISP called ZiaNet, located in Las Cruces, New Mexico (USA). There is no business relationship between ZiaNet and Jim Johnson, the author of the Judy Garland Database. The author rents space on ZiaNet, just like any other user of the ISP. The only difference is that the author has to rent more disc space than most ISP users; hence the site costs more than the basic price.

Be sure to check out my other related web sites: Class Act: Those Golden Movie Musicals and Wilde Twins: Lee and Lyn!


As of 2007, I have made my websites my full-time job. I am now retired, and depend on these web sites to help supplement my income. There are also many costs associated with maintaining these websites. Any assistance will be most helpful and most appreciated! You can help support JGDB and my other websites by purchasing items through the banners that you see on the site. You can also make donations at any time through Amazon or Paypal. Thank you for your support!

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The Judy Garland Database and Class Act websites do not collect or disclose any information whatsoever to anyone concerning visitors. Some anonymous usage statistics may be collected by the ISP and other servers, which is only for gathering site usage statistics, and only through the use of traffic analysis servers. No other information of any kind is stored or disclosed.

Third-party websites to which said websites are linked provide their own privacy statements.


Judy Garland Database and Class Act websites are copyright ©1995 - 2007 Jim Johnson

Copyright of these websites

Jim Johnson (the author) claims copyright to these compilations, all original artwork, backgrounds, graphics, layout, text and other original works on these websites. Use of any of these original works without written permission of the author is expressly forbidden. Permission is hereby granted for linking to these websites, so long as it is not done in a manner that implies or suggests that said websites, or parts therof, are part of another website (i.e., linking to the Judy Garland Database or Class Act is fine, as long as the link properly identifies it as such). "Bandwidth stealing" (linking directly to images or other files on these websites) is strictly forbidden.

Contrary to the belief of many, the copyright law grants the copyright owner exclusive right to copy, distribute and create derivative works of his/her/its work in any medium. Period. Whether or not the author is seeking profit, or whether or not the copyright infringer is seeking profit, is irrelevant. In other words, even if you don't intend to make money by copying this web site (or portions thereof), it is still a copyright infringement to do so.

Copyright of other material used on this web site

Information pertaining to Judy Garland and other people contained within these websites is a matter of public record, and the author claims no copyright to said information. Anyone is free to use said information, subject to stipulations below. Every reasonable attempt has been made by the author to ensure accuracy of said information, but the author disclaims any and all liabilities for damages arising from the use or misuse of said information.

To the best of my knowledge, both websites are in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law. I have made every reasonable effort to trace copyright information on each and every photo used here.

Except where otherwise noted, all photos (and other scanned or transcribed material) used on this web site is from the author's personal collection, and was scanned or transcribed by the author. No photos have been used from other web sites (unless otherwise noted). Having sought copyright information from the various dealers from whom I purchased these photos, I was informed that copyright has lapsed or was never claimed. Most (if not all) of these photos were (and are) publicity photos, issued free of charge by movie studios (and other companies) to newspapers and magazines for the purpose of publicizing the actors and movies.

Many of the photos used herein were scanned from old magazines from the 1930s and 1940s. The copyright (if any) on these photos is assumed to have lapsed. Most of the companies which published these magazines have been out of business for decades. In some cases, the rights to the material may have passed on to another owner, but I know of no such cases.

Videotape covers, CD covers, book covers, and things of that nature, are copyrighted by their various publishers and owners and are used here without permission, only as an aid to product identification, as provided for under copyright law.

Excerpts and photos from the book, Judy Garland / World's Greatest Entertainer, by John Fricke, are used with permission of the author. Each excerpt and photo is identified as such.

I have used a few icons and graphics obtained from graphics web sites on the Internet. Most of these are believed to be in the public domain. Some graphics and icons (in particular from linked web sites) are copyrighted, and where this is the case, the copyright is so noted.

Anyone claiming copyright ownership to any material on these websites and objecting to its use thereon may notify Jim Johnson, and I will take corrective action or remove the material.

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