Hollywood icon Judy Garland was allegedly molested on the sets of the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, claims the legendary actor’s ex-husband Sid Luft in his new, posthumous memoir.
In the book, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, Luft states that the star was repeatedly molested by some of the actors who played the Munchkins in the film, reported People magazine.
“They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress... The men were 40 or more years old,” writes Luft, who passed away in the year 2005.
“They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small,” he added.
Two years before her death, Garland had described the actors’ behaviour with her in a 1967 interview with Jack Paar.
She said, “They were little drunks... They got smashed every night, and they picked them up in butterfly nets.”
The Wizard of Oz made Garland a household name in 1939. It was nominated for six Oscars.
From a young age, Garland struggled in her personal life. The pressures of adolescent stardom sent her to a psychiatrist at age eighteen. Her self-image was influenced by film executives who said she was unattractive and manipulated her on-screen physical appearance. She was plagued by financial instability, often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. She married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce. She also had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.
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