Even Gar­land was ha­rassed

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS -

Nearly two decades ago, while re­search­ing a book about Judy Gar­land, bi­og­ra­pher Ger­ald Clarke stum­bled on an old col­umn not­ing that Gar­land was work­ing on a mem­oir for Ran­dom House.

This piqued Clarke’s cu­rios­ity. No mem­oir had ever ap­peared, but he found an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Clarke was star­tled by what he dis­cov­ered — that Gar­land was groped and ha­rassed re­peat­edly by Louis B. Mayer, pro­ducer and co-founder of MetroGold­wyn-Mayer stu­dios.

“Every­one knows about the Hol­ly­wood cast­ing couches,” Clarke said to ABC News, “but no­body thought that Judy had been sub­jected to any sex­ual pres­sure from the higher-ups at MGM.”

It started around the time Gar­land was play­ing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She was 16. In 2009, about a decade af­ter Clarke’s bi­og­ra­phy (Get Happy: The Life of Judy Gar­land) was pub­lished, Hol­ly­wood was abuzz when the book was op­tioned for a movie.

It seems un­likely to go into pro­duc­tion. The pro­ducer is Har­vey We­in­stein.

GAR­LAND Wizard of Oz

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