Are you a fan of classic Hollywood films? Honestly, even if you are under the age of 18, the chances are high that you love a few of these iconic movies. Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Bringing Up Baby, The King and I are just a few of the gorgeous films the California studio produced during its heyday. Ranging from epics to lighthearted comedies, these movies will forever hold a special place in our hearts. However, there is a much darker side to some of these films that we may not have realized. So, how would you feel if you found out that actors and actresses were high while filming some of the most memorable scenes in art history? Some of you might be shocked, others not so much. Let’s take a closer look at some dark secrets about drug addiction during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Teens and Kids Pushing Pills
In her memoirs (published in 2013), the late actress Debbie Reynolds provided a detailed account about the popularity of drugs in filmmaking. After being cast as Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain, the then-19-year old actress had been partnered with screen legend Gene Kelly and was required to match every step he made. Later, she was instructed to get “vitamin shots” (better known as amphetamines) which Reynolds described as the same poison that killed Judy Garland. After seeking help from her doctor, Reynolds believes her life was saved from taking the same turn.
According to actress Shirley Temple, the situation was even worse for child actors. During that time, children were required to be subjected to rigorous labor laws preventing “overworking,” but Hollywood directors pushed the envelope one too many times. As Elizabeth Taylor points out, this was a far cry from the situation at MGM.
Falling into Despair
Another young star who suffered from drug addiction during the Golden Age was Judy Garland, best known for playing Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. While filming her movies, Garland’s mother gave her a series of “pep pills,” which were also consumed by fellow actor Mickey Rooney. Afterward, both of them were taken to a hospital to be sedated before being given pep pills to work 72 hours straight.
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