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Christmas 1924: Two-year-old Frances Gumm performs in public for the first time, singing "Jingle Bells". Her mother, Ethel, watches from the audience while her father, Frank, watches from backstage. Ethel is unhappy with her marriage because of Frank's homosexuality. To help herself cope, she moves her family to Hollywood with the hope that her daughters will break into the movie business.
1935: Frank takes Frances, now using her stage name of "Judy Garland," to the studios of Metro Goldwyn Mayer to audition. MGM chief Louis B. Mayer is not impressed with her rendition of "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart', but when she sings a different song an impressed Mayer says, "Little girl. Big voice." Thirteen-year-old Judy (played by Tammy Blanchard) signs an MGM contract but, because of her age, they do not know what to do with her and keep giving her radio appearances. Tragedy strikes one night when she is told her father has been rushed to the hospital. She is also told that the doctors ...