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Judy Garland at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Judy Garland at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Oct. 10, 1939: Judy Garland places her handprints, footprints and autograph in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre before the premiere of her movie “Babes in Arms.” Co-star Mickey Rooney watches.

This photo by staff photographer Marshall Benedict was published in the Oct. 11, 1939, Los Angeles Times. An accompanying story reported:

Hollywood’s Hall of Fame last night was augmented by a little star whose name is Judy Garland. The event was the opening of “Babes in Arms” at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Plus all the usual lights and glamour, the motion-picture studio again set up seats for about 4,000 people, which number did not take into account those who stood on the sidelines.

In front of the Chinese [Theatre] and the 74th star to be honored, Miss Garland, accompanied by Mickey Rooney, inscribed her name in the wet cement to leave a lasting autograph along with her hand and foot prints. …

Names and hand and foot prints already inscribed in the lobby include those of Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Norma Talmadge, Gloria Swanson, William S. Hart, Harold Lloyd, Pola Negri and Charlie Chaplin.

This photo was later published in the 1999 Los Angeles Times book “High Exposure: Hollywood Lives.”

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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