Michael Selsman was a publicist, theatrical and literary agent, a personal manager, an executive and producer at 20th Century-Fox, MGM and Paramount, and an independent producer. Many young women that said to him, “I’ll do anything for a part in your picture.” It’s always been that way, and still is today. Only, this time, women are fighting back. . #metoo is a movement, and is scaring the powers that be, and that’s a good thing. Hedy Lamarr once said, ‘The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true.
Lost on the Yellow Brick Road is the study of a woman in terror much of her life, who had obstacles to climb, pitfalls that may as well have had knives at the bottom, fleeting moments of joy and, ultimately, an end that so many have succumbed to. Her infectious charisma never failed her, not even on the darkest of nights, the most troubled times. She wasn’t just a tortured artist; she was a kind, suffering soul.
Everyone knows Garland had won acclaim for The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star Is Born, but it’s a rarity when someone knows the true Judy Garland. Besides drugs and alcohol, Judy received solace from men. Not the sex or physical aspect—proven by her marrying several gay men throughout her life—but the love, the adoration, and most of all, the attention she so desperately needed since she could walk.