Even Garland was harassed
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.
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