Was a Star Is Born Judy Garland’s Last Movie?

Was a Star Is Born Judy Garland’s Last Movie?

Many people believe that the 1954 movie, A Star is Born, was Judy Garland’s last film. However, this is not entirely accurate. While it was one of her most iconic performances, she continued to work on other films after its release.

The Role of Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester

A Star is Born follows the story of Esther Blodgett, an aspiring singer who meets and falls in love with Norman Maine (played by James Mason), a famous but troubled actor. The film showcases Garland’s incredible vocal range and acting abilities as she portrays both the naivety of Esther and the confidence of Vicki Lester once her career takes off.

The movie was a critical and commercial success, earning six Academy Award nominations and winning one for Best Original Song for “The Man That Got Away.” It was also nominated for Best Actress for Garland’s performance but lost to Grace Kelly in The Country Girl.

Garland’s Continued Work in Films

After A Star is Born, Judy Garland went on to star in other movies such as The Harvey Girls (1946), Easter Parade (1948), and Summer Stock (1950). However, her personal struggles with addiction and mental health issues often impacted her ability to work consistently.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Garland transitioned to television appearances and live performances. She starred in The Judy Garland Show from 1963-1964 before it was cancelled due to low ratings.

The Tragic End

Judy Garland passed away on June 22, 1969, at the age of 47 due to an accidental overdose of barbiturates. Her death was a shock to her fans and the entertainment industry, and she is remembered as one of the greatest performers of all time.


While A Star is Born remains one of Judy Garland’s most memorable performances, it was not her last movie. She continued to work in films and transitioned to television appearances and live performances before her untimely death. Her legacy as a talented performer and beloved icon lives on today.