Judy Garland is best known for the beginning of her career and for its tragic end. At the start, she was a 16-year-old girl in pigtails and a blue dress standing on a yellow brick road. At its end, she was a broke 47-year-old with an addiction to painkillers, slurring through a series of erratic performances at London’s Talk of the Town club.
Each of Garland’s five husbands had a front-row seat to her battles with anxiety, depression, addiction, and volatility. Here, we take a deep dive into each of her five marriages and why they ended.