Garland (1922-1969) leaving the Palace Theatre after a performance of 'Maggie May'. Her marriage to American actor Herron (1928-1996) may not have been legal as there is doubt whether her divorce from Sidney Luft was final. Garland had started performing as a young child. In 1939, aged 17, she starred in 'The Wizard of Oz'. Despite a successful Hollywood career, psychotropic drugs which she had originally been prescribed to control her weight, destroyed her mentally and physically. She died of a drugs overdose in a London hotel. Like their mother, her daughters Liza Minnelli (born 1946) and Lorna Luft (born 1953) are both actresses and singers.
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