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Judy Garland’s remains were recently moved, for a surprisingly sweet reason

Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft brave the crowd at Campbell Funeral Home after Judy Garland's funeral. (Photo by Frank Hurley/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images)

Judy Garland died in 1969 at the age of 47 of a barbiturate overdose. Her funeral in New York City was swarmed by some 20,000 fans grieving the empathetic star; as her A Star Is Born co-star James Mason opined in his eulogy, “Judy’s great gift was that she could wring tears out of hearts of rock.”

Almost five decades later, Garland’s descendants recently had her remains shipped from New York to California. While that act is kind of unconventional, the New York Daily News reports that the reasoning behind it is rather sweet: Garland’s kids Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft are now getting along in years, and Garland’s former resting place would not have enough burial space for all of them. So the family will all eventually be buried together in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, giving Garland followers a new place to pay their respects. Other legendary residents at Hollywood Forever include Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre, Janet Gaynor, and Garland’s close friend and frequent co-star Mickey Rooney.


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