Oz in the News 1.19.17

judy-garland-home-exterior-832x468Judy Garland’s Childhood Home Is for Sale—and It’s Not in Kansas There’s no place like Judy Garland‘s childhood home, which, surprisingly enough, is located in Lancaster, CA, a good hour-and-a-half drive northeast of Los Angeles. Although the Antelope Valley town is a bit remote, and not one of the Golden State’s more glamorous locales, you just can’t brush the stardust off the property that’s currently on the market for $550,000. Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922 in Grand Rapids, MN, and her family headed west in 1926. In search of the limelight, the budding star and father Frank, mother Ethel, and older sisters Mary Jane and Virginia settled in Southern California in the late 1920s. Although Garland’s childhood home, built in 1915, has been expanded and remodeled, some of the original features it had when she lived there still exist. You can gaze out the same windows, brush against the same moldings, and dance across some of the same floors (many of them, however, have been resurfaced with newer wood and tile). Some of the cupboards and cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are also original, and likely held Garland’s belongings in the past.

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