Judy Garland's ex-husband, Sid Luft, passed away in 2005, before he could finish his memoir. However, the book, entitled Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, was later released and will be released again in paperback on September 4th. In his memoir, Luft claims that the Munchkins on the set of The Wizard of Oz would do sexually inappropriate things to then teenaged Judy Garland, including putting their hands up her skirt. Sid Luft is credited with getting Garland's career back on track in the 1950s.
In his memoir, Sid Luft claims that the Munchkins on the set of The Wizard of Oz were a pretty wild bunch. Luft claims that they would sexually harass Judy Garland and made her life "miserable" while filming the legendary movie. Apparently, the Munchkins thought that they could away with anything because of their size. Luft explains.
"They would make Judy's life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress...The men were 40 or more years old. They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small."
While this is the first that we've heard of sexually inappropriate behavior on the set of The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland later revealed in an interview nearly 30 years after the release of the movie that most of the Munchkins were all wild drunks. She stated that they all stayed in the same hotel every night and they would just get loaded. Some of their fun from the night before might have leaked on to the set the next day. Garland had this to say.
"They were little drunks... They got smashed every night, and they picked them up in butterfly nets."
The Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz have battled rumors of drunken parties and wild orgies for decades now. However, the last surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren has denied the intense alcohol parties while they were on the Culver City filming the movie. Maren claims that they weren't paid enough money to have wild drunken parties, mentioning that one can't get drunk off of $50 a week. Apparently, there were a few Irish and German Munchkins that liked to drink all day, but they did not represent the Munchkins as a whole.
Jerry Maren slammed the drunken rumors until his death in 2013 and always insisted that it was only a handful of rowdy Munchkins. But, Sid Luft is the only one to bring up the stories of sexual inappropriate behavior on the set of The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland passed away at the age of 47 in 1969, 30 years after the release of the legendary movie. Garland never publicly brought up any terrible behavior towards her from the Munchkins. The news of the drunken, sexual inappropriate Munchkins was first reported by Fox News.