Judy Garland is one of the most honored actresses of all time. On June 10, 1922 she was born into a vaudevillian family that would lead to a full on career in film. With a beautifully unique voice, her singing can never be matched. In the 1944 film, Meet Me in St. Louis she portrays a young girl coming of age in love and life.
The Smiths are a prominent family living in St. Louis in the early 1900’s. With the father as a lawyer and five children, they are well beloved by many in the community. One night at a party, Esther meets her neighbor John with a spark between them. Meanwhile, their older daughter Rose has a boyfriend whom she hopes will propose soon. Esther and Rose start to find their lives changing for the better. However, their troublesome younger sister Trudy ends up causing a little bit of havoc for them in their love life. When their father announces a movie to New York, the family is upset and furious with him. Knowing that they are leaving their home in St. Louis they try to make every moment last. Things start to go a little more awry when the Christmas season comes around with Rose’s boyfriend going to a dance with the girl their brother likes. Esther and Rose devise a plan to make the night a little more challenging for the young couple only for Rose to end up with her boyfriend and their brother ending up with the girl. Once the dance ends they all return home. Yet, everyone ends up having a miserable night when Trudy throws a fit over having to move to New York away from her home. After seeing this, their father changes his mind about moving to a new place. But, not all is lost as Rose gets engaged that very night. The movie then flashes forward to Esther and John continuing on with their relationship as they go to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.
Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 film that embraces all of Judy Garland’s talents. In her life, Judy Garland became an icon for all, yet she had her own personal struggles that took her life too soon. Born on June 10, 1922, Judy Garland is still remembered for her loving talent.