Judy Garland and accompanist Mort Lindsey. (CBS PHOTO ARCHIVE)

“Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives,” Minnelli wrote on her Web site. “She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about ourselves until she exquisitely translated them to us with her voice.”

“She is to be missed deeply, yes…But, what if we never had her? That’s what we celebrate today,” Minnelli continued. “Mama gave each and every one of us the gift of hope, laughter, and love.”

Garland was also remembered at the Tony Awards with a performance by Tracie Bennett, who is currently playing the “Wizard of Oz” star in Broadway’s “End of the Rainbow.” Bennett won a Drama Desk Award for the role and was nominated for a Tony.

See a photo of Bennett at the Tonys below.

Tracie Bennett performs as Judy Garland onstage at the 66th Annual Tony Awards. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)