Death and Legacy
Deans found Garland dead in the bathroom of their rented London home on June 22, 1969. She had celebrated her 47th birthday just 12 days earlier. Her cause of death was ruled as an accidental overdose of barbiturates. An estimated 20,000 people paid their respects at her New York City funeral.
In 1988, Lorna wrote a memoir titled Me and My Shadows about her late mother. ABC adapted it into an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning miniseries starring Judy Davis as the late actress in 2001. Garland’s music and movies also left behind a mark on the LGBTQ community, and she was posthumously honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Most recently, Renée Zellweger won an Oscar for her portrayal of Garland in the 2019 biographical drama Judy.
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