June 10 would have marked the 90th birthday of Judy Garland, often referred to as "the world's greatest entertainer." With her unforgettable performances in classic motion pictures such as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis, and A Star Is Born, emotional concert performances, and often turbulent personal life, the connection between Garland and her legions of gay fans was as legendary as the star herself. Grief over her death on June 22, 1969 has persistently been rumored as a factor that helped encourage LGBT people to fight against oppression during the Stonewall riots a few days later. In honor of Garland's birthday and to celebrate Pride month, enjoy these photos of the late star with her close celebrity friends and family members.
Judy with first mentor and great influence, Roger Edens. Edens was a Hollywood composer, arranger, and associate producer, and is considered one of the major creative figures in Arthur Freed's musical film production unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during the golden era of Hollywood.
Judy with second husband Vincente Minnelli, father of Liza.
Garland's costar in The Good Old Summertime Van Johnson was the go-to extra man for all the unescorted stars at MGM.
Marlon Brando cuddles up at an awards ceremony.
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift give Judy some sugar.
Sir Noel Coward and Judy get chummy.
Judy with Rock Hudson at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles in 1958.
Judy, connecting with her fans at her legendary 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Roddy McDowall, then performing in Camelot on Broadway, stops by to congratulate his friend on her show at Carnegie Hall.
With Spencer Tracy at a party in George Cukor's home.
With Dirk Bogarde, costar of her last film, I Could Go on Singing.
With Mel Tormé on her CBS television program The Judy Garland Show in 1963. Mel later aired his resentments about his difficult relationship with the star in a book titled The Other Side of the Rainbow: With Judy Garland on The Dawn Patrol.
Judy at the 1967 wedding of daughter Liza to entertainer Peter Allen, with maid of honor Pam Reinhardt (far left) and best man Paul Jasmin.
Judy's fourth husband, actor Mark Herron, had an affair with Tallulah Bankhead prior to meeting Garland. They are at the marriage license bureau at Clark County Courthouse in Las Vegas on November 14, 1965.
With her last husband, Mickey Deans, and fellow crooner Johnny Ray in 1969 shortly before her death.