We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite shocking facts about The Wizard of Oz. Here are the truly wild results.
Note: This article includes stories about suicide and assault.
The green makeup used for Margaret Hamilton’s costume was so toxic that she was on a strict liquid diet while filming.
MGM hired attendants to help the little people on and off studio toilets because one of the Munchkin actors got stuck in a toilet for 45 minutes.
Clara Blandick, who played Auntie Em, committed suicide at the age of 85.
Margaret Hamilton, aka the Wicked Witch of the West, suffered second-degree burns on her face and third-degree burns on her hand after a stunt went wrong.
The Cowardly Lion costume was made of real lion hair.
The male actors who played Munchkins would often torment Judy on set, and some allegedly sexually assaulted her by putting their hands under her dress.
In fact, a lot of the Munchkin actors were so bad that an MGM employee was literally assigned to watch over them, and a lot of the actors ended up getting arrested between shoots.
Buddy Ebsen was the original Tin Man, but the aluminum dust from the makeup nearly killed him, and he was quickly replaced by Jack Haley.
Figuring out how to color the horses in Emerald City was an extremely difficult task, and the studio ultimately decided to paint them with Jell-O powder.
The actors who played Munchkins were only paid $50 a week…
…And Terry, the dog who played Toto, was paid nearly three times as much as the Munchkins. She made $125 per week.
The “snowstorm” that took place in the poppy field scene was actually asbestos falling on the actors.
Betty Danko, the Wicked Witch’s stunt double, spent 11 days in the hospital after a pipe in the character’s broomstick exploded.
Shirley Temple was originally promised the role of Dorothy, but the deal ultimately fell through and went to Judy Garland.
According to Judy Garland’s biographer, her mother was actually the one who introduced her to pep pills while filming Oz as a way to help her “give an energetic performance.”
The studio executives at MGM treated Judy Garland so terribly that they often referred to her as “a fat little pig with pigtails.”
And the head of the studio forced Judy on a strict diet of “chicken soup, black coffee, and cigarettes, along with pills to reduce her appetite.”