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Judy Garland’s remains reportedly being moved to Hollywood from New York

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Is the body of Judy Garland, interred at Ferncliff Cemetery in New York since her death in 1969, being moved to Hollywood?

“That’s a private family matter at this time,” Noelle Berman, director of private estates at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning. According to TMZ and People, Hollywood Forever is the destination of the star’s remains.

Garland’s body was taken from a mausoleum on Jan. 19 and put on an L.A.-bound flight out of JFK on Tuesday night, TMZ reported. The move is being made at daughter Liza Minnelli’s request, the website said.

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According to People, the move is being made because the cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., doesn’t have enough room for Garland’s children — Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft — and grandchildren to be buried near her.

TMZ also said that Garland, who was raised Episcopalian but had two Jewish husbands, David Rose and Sidney Luft, would be interred in the Beth Olam section of the cemetery, which is typically reserved for Jewish burials.

The “A Star Is Born” and “The Wizard of Oz” actress and iconic singer died of an accidental overdose in London in 1969.

While thousands lined up to view Garland’s body before her funeral, her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, explained to the New York Times why he had chosen New York instead of a Los Angeles cemetery as her — apparently not final — resting place.

“Judy’s always wanted to be wherever I am, and my home is here and in London and I didn’t want her where tourist buses and that sort of thing go through,” he said at the time of her death. Deans died in 2003.

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