Behind The Scenes Secrets: The Wizard Of Oz

8. The Wicked Witch Got Burned On Set

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The producers cut some of Margaret Hamilton’s scenes because she might be too scary for the kids, but she also became so badly injured on set that she had to be removed from the production for six weeks.

Margaret Hamilton’s injury happened in the scene where the Wicked Witch of the West leaves Munchkinland in a puff of flames. She was supposed to drop down safely into a trap door before the flames came out. But the door malfunctioned and didn’t open quick enough, but the flames came out as they were supposed to. This left Hamilton’s hands and face with terrible burns that took weeks to heal.

7. Judy Garland Was Molested By The Munchkins

According to Judy Garland’s third husband, Sid Luft, the actress was repeatedly molested by the actors who played the Munchkins. Luft exposed this information in his scandalous posthumous memoir, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland. He claimed that they made her life “miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress.” All of the men were 40 or more years old.

There were also many rumors about the Munchkins that sort of back up this claim, saying that the actors were absolutely out of control on set. Several reports claim they were involved with prostitution and gambling while filming. 

6. Secrets Of Judy Garland As Dorothy Gale

Judy Garland may have been the second choice, but we believe she may have been better off without the role. Beyond the well-documented fact of drugging her, she also had to wear a corset, since her body had started to develop, she was 16. She was also told to lose 12 pounds.

The Wizard of Oz may have catapulted her to stardom, but the evidence of exploitation is also troubling. She was already sensitive about her weight (she believed she was overweight), so the constant failure and demands on her to improve her appearance just further damaged her self-esteem. She once said, “I was frightful. I was fat – a fat little pig in pigtails.” Something a 16-year-old should never be concerned of.

5. The Wicked Witch’s Sickness?

You already know how poisonous and toxic the paint was for the original Tin Man, but you may not know how the Wicked Witch was affected by her make-up as well. Yes, the Wicked Witch’s makeup was also toxic. Actress Margaret Hamilton reportedly ­accidentally swallowed some of her make-up. No one knows how. She got so sick that she was on a liquid diet for days.

The green make-up was so penetrating, with copper-based ingredients, that she couldn’t easily get it completely off. So, her face stayed green for weeks even after the shooting for Wizard of Oz was over. We wonder if the makeup artists test their makeup before using them on the actors? Obviously, not. 

4. Lost Little Girl

Biographers have referred to Judy Garland as a “lost little girl.” She was completely made over to be a different person than the Frances Ethel Gumm she once was. The person she was before she became Judy Garland. She also lost her father at a young age.

Frank Gumm, her father, died in 1935 and was raised by her mother alone. She often said, “My father’s death was the most terrible thing that happened to me in my life. I was always lonesome. The only time I felt accepted or wanted was when I was on stage performing. I guess the stage was my only friend; the only place where I could feel comfortable. It was the only place where I felt equal and safe.” Her loneliness reflected in the multiple marriages she had.