A recently uncovered memoir written by Judy Garland’s late husband before his death claims the legendary actress was molested on the set of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Sid Luft, who was married to Garland from 1952 to 1965, died in 2005. According to the Daily Mail, Luft wrote a memoir before his death, which was just recently uncovered.
In the memoir, Luft claims Garland revealed to him that she was molested by some of the actors who played Munchkins on the set of her classic movie, “The Wizard of Oz.”
Garland was 16 at the time that Luft claims she was molested.
“They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small,” Luft wrote in the memoir, according to The Sun. “They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress. The men were 40 or more years old.”
“The Wizard of Oz” launched Garland into stardom, but the revelations from the set of the film may reveal the cause of the actress’ self-destructive tendencies. Garland died of an overdose of prescription drugs at the age of 47, in 1969, after a lifelong battle with addiction.
Luft and Garland were married for 13 years and divorced in 1965. Luft was the second of Garland’s five husbands.
During the couple’s marriage, Luft served as Garland’s tour manager and film producer. He is often credited with being responsible for Garland’s comeback in the 1950s, when she was nominated for Academy Awards for her roles in “A Star Is Born” and “Judgment at Nuremberg.”
In Luft’s memoir, which will be released in March 2017, he discussed Garland’s struggle with drugs.
“She was married to the drugs before she met me, and she never really got divorced,” Luft wrote. “Judy admitted she felt she grew inches when she took Benzedrine.”
Others have claimed the Munchkins acted inappropriately on the set of the movie including rumors of “dwarf sex parties” at the Culver Hotel during filming.
Garland once described the actors who played the Munchkins, saying, “They were drunks. They got smashed every night and the police used to scoop them up in butterfly nets.”
Garland and Luft had two children together: Lorna, now 64, and Joey, now 61.
Sources: Daily Mail, The Sun / Photo credit: Mark Rain/Flickr, LMK Media via The Sun