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Judy Garland Museum -- coming to Lancaster?

November 3, 2008 |  7:32 am

It turns out Judy Garland lived in Lancaster before becoming a Hollywood legend. Now, journalist Bonnie Domrose Stone wants to turn that house on Lancaster Boulevard into a museum honoring the actress. It would include a yellow brick road. Details in the Daily News:

During its long history, an eight-bedroom downtown home has served as a shelter for the homeless and been gutted by fire, and most recently was seized in a bank foreclosure.

But the 1915 quasi-Craftsman-style home on Cedar Avenue was also where actress Judy Garland spent her pre-Hollywood childhood, and a local author is hoping that small piece of Hollywood history can bring a bit of fame -- and tourist dollars -- to Lancaster.

Garland, then known as Frances Ethel Gumm, moved with her family to Lancaster in 1927 when she was about 5 and left in 1933. Two years later, she signed her first contract with MGM and by 1939 achieved worldwide fame in "The Wizard of Oz."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Los Angeles Times