She’s been dead since 1969, but a new book on her is coming out anyway. It doesn’t seem to answer any of the questions you’d hope, like if a dwarf really does hang himself in the background in the orchard scene, or whether or not Pink Floyd synched there album to the Oz film with her blessing.
No, instead it throws up the horrible reality that was Garland’s post-Oz life. As the headline up there indicates – that life was filled with some very non-Dorothy-like things – imagine if the Wizard was really super horny and those monkeys were all drug pushers.
Now that’s more what her life was like.
Perhaps you view Judy Garland as a picture-perfect slice of Americana whom you really don’t want to see fall from grace in your mind’s eye in the next 7 minutes or so. Or perhaps you’re a pervert. If the former, stop reading. If the latter, it’s good to see you again but remember our restraining order.
When Dorothy got back from Oz, apparently, all did not go well. Her children say they remember living in hotels and skipping out on the bill back when that type of stuff was still really cool. They also remember, sadly, their mother’s several suicide attempts. It seems she really had a hard life.
According to a new Garland-biography, an encounter she had with then MGM boss Louis B Mayer left her with a fondled breast, and him crying in a corner. As The Daily Express puts it:
“Aged 14 Garland landed a contract with MGM and came under the influence of the studio’s legendary boss Louis B Mayer. He saw that her natural screen presence had the potential to turn her into a star and was soon running virtually every aspect of her life. He took to groping her in his office, telling her as he put a hand on her left breast that she “sang from the heart”. “I often thought I was lucky I didn’t sing from another part of my anatomy,” she once quipped. When she found the courage to tell him to back off, he wept in shame.”
Weird, right? It gets weirder. Studios (and her mother) would give her ‘pep pills’ during the day, and sleeping pills at night. Worse yet – in 1941 Garland married a man MGM didn’t approve of and, again, according to The Daily Express:
“The studio even attempted to control her romantic involvements. She fell in love with and married composer David Rose in 1941. MGM, however, disapproved and later forced Judy to have an abortion.”
The story could go on, but we can’t see through our tears and we want to end it all.
Just the article. We’re only ending the article here.
To read more see New Kerela’s article entitled: ‘How Men Turned Judy Garland Into A Drug-Addled Woman’