When The Wizard of Oz was released in August 1939, its use of Technicolour marked a major breakthrough in the movie world. Seventy-four years on, its famous song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!" is back in the charts and on its way to reaching the number one spot (only us Brits could jump on a passive aggressive bandwagon featuring a tune from a musical to vent their feelings about Margaret Thatcher).
The star of the film, Judy Garland, was just 16 years old when she was cast as Dorothy. She starred alongside Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire on screen and counted Katharine Hepburn and Doris Day as her close friends.
Garland married five times and had three children before she died in 1969 aged 47. Today, she's still remembered as one of Hollywood's most iconic names. Here's why we love her...
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