On what would have been her 99th birthday, screen legend Judy Garland is trending on Twitter as The Wizard of Oz fans worldwide pay tribute. Though she's best known for her unforgettable performance as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, Garland is also appreciated for her Oscar-nominated role in the original A Star Is Born among many other starring roles in classic movies. Also an acclaimed singer, she was the first woman to win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1961.
Behind the scenes, Garland spent many years struggling with addiction. This led to a premature death for the beloved actress at the age of 47 in 1969. More than five decades later, fans are still honoring her with tribute posts on the day she would have turned 99. It goes to show just how much of an impact Garland left on the world.
The Turner Classic Movies Twitter account posted an image of Judy and wrote, "One of the most talented and iconic show business legends of all time, we remember the one and only Judy Garland on her birthday today with our daytime lineup."
"Currently at the hospital and I'm getting pretty offended that all the nurses keep trying to change the channel on my tv and can't believe I enjoy TCM," posted a fan enjoying the network's marathon to pay tribute. "Anyway, I'm so fortunate to see that @tcm is having a Judy Garland marathon!!! I've been here since 2am and Judy is the only thing keeping me sane!"
A tweet from BroadwayWorld reads: "On this day, we're going over the rainbow to celebrate the birthday of a Broadway, music, film, and television legend, the inimitable Judy Garland."
One fan posted an old picture of Judy and wrote, "Happy 99th birthday to the one and only Judy Garland, who lamented, 'I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it.' Pictured in 1944 at the Philadelphia Naval Yard."
"Happy birthday to Judy Garland born June 10, 1922. Her films and music will live on forever," said another fan, including an image of Garland's final resting place.
Birthday girl Judy Garland might have been the most gifted classic Hollywood star. Just watch her convey all her character's emotions trough her heartfelt rendition of 'It only happens when I dance with you' in Easter Parade," writes someone else, linking to a video of the performance.
And a tweet posted by The Ed Sullivan Show reads: "#JudyGarland captured hearts when she sang, 'Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.' She was one of the most notable performers of her time. Remembering Judy today, on the anniversary of her birthday."
Happy heavenly birthday to Judy Garland! There will never be another performer quite like her. If you want to revisit her iconic performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the movie is currently streaming on HBO Max. You can also see what others are saying about the late Hollywood legend on Twitter.