"They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small."
There was one movie as a child that played on repeat in my home and that was The Wizard of Oz. I memorized every line and sang all the songs in my child-like innocence.
Obviously, since the film was released in 1939 and most of the actors are now deceased, these allegations can’t be confirmed.
In the new memoir, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, Luft details the on-set behaviors that made Judy Garland miserable as a teenage actress. The munchkin actors, who were adults at the time, supposedly put their hands underneath Garland’s dress.
“They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small,” Sid Luft said in his book.
There have always been dark rumors circulating about The Wizard of Oz, like a now debunked hoax of a munchkin who committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on set. Unfortunately, the rumors don’t stop there with tales of orgies, lewdness, and even prostitution.
The actors who played the munchkins, before their deaths, always denied any wrongdoing and insisted that with their pay rate of $50 a week, they couldn’t afford to get drunk and rowdy. We’ll never know the truth, but it’s still incredibly sad to think that a child actor could have been molested while working.
It’s also important to note that Garland cited cruelty as grounds for divorce from Sid Luft, insisting that he hit her multiple times, was often drunk, and attempted to take their kids from her by use of force.
As previously stated, we can’t know for sure what really happened, but we can all agree that Judy Garland suffered a tragic life that ended far too soon.