90 years after Frances Gumm's birth, home tours mark Judy Garland Festival

Judy Garland was still Frances Gumm -- actually "Baby" Gumm -- when she lived in Grand Rapids and joined the family act at the town's vaudeville theater. The designer who restored her childhood home calls it a labor of love and says it's his tribute to the classic musical "Meet Me in St. Louis."
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Judy Garland was still Frances Gumm -- actually "Baby" Gumm -- when she lived in Grand Rapids and joined the family act at the town's vaudeville theater. The designer who restored her childhood home calls it a labor of love and says it's his tribute to the classic musical "Meet Me in St. Louis."

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