Margaret O’Brien is grateful her mom was there to guard her from having the same destiny as co-star Judy Garland.
The previous baby star, one of many final surviving abilities from Hollywood’s golden period, labored alongside the man actress within the 1944 musical “Meet Me in St. Louis.” O’Brien earned a particular Juvenile Academy Award for excellent baby actress of 1944.
“I used to be very lucky to have a mom that spoke as much as [studio head] Louis B. Mayer,” the 84-year-old advised Web page Six on Thursday. “I believe Judy’s mom was afraid to talk up and didn’t actually converse as she ought to have for Judy.”
“I’m not saying something out of flip as a result of Judy talked about that about her mom,” O’Brien added.
O’Brien mirrored how her time rising up in Hollywood was completely different from “The Wizard of Oz” star, who was focused by studio executives over her weight. Garland was compelled to take amphetamines and barbiturates as she labored grueling hours on set.
“Once I got here to the studio, that was all taken away,” O’Brien defined. “The college lecturers had been on the lot. There have been no tablets, no fat burners, or something like that once I got here in. Sadly, simply earlier than that, they didn’t know the way dangerous fat burners could be for you.”
Garland, who struggled with drug dependancy and alcoholism, handed away in 1969 at age 47 from an unintentional overdose.
“I by no means had any points,” O’Brien advised the outlet. “My mom was very fairly, she had a Dolores Del Rio look. Louis B. Mayer liked that type of look, he was attempting to be very good as a result of my mom was very fairly. Actually, he did ask her to marry him one time, however she mentioned, ‘Completely not! You aren’t my kind.’
“She may converse up and he would hearken to her,” O’Brien continued. “She was nearly like a suffragette within the ’40s. She was formidable however not overly formidable. If I didn’t wish to do one thing she would go to Mr. Mayer and say, ‘My baby has labored onerous, I’m not taking her to that.’ She was very conscientious however very conscious that I ought to have enjoyment in my childhood.”
Again in March, O’Brien spoke to Fox Information about how she immediately linked with Garland on set.
“Oh, she was so great!” O’Brien gushed. “She actually was. She was simply great with youngsters. She was childlike herself. She liked to leap rope on set with the opposite youngsters. She all the time was making me chortle. I simply liked her.”
O’Brien revealed that “Meet Me in St. Louis” held a particular place in Garland’s coronary heart.
“There was a romance with [director] Vicente Minelli,” she mentioned. “And from their romance got here Liza Minnelli. So after all, the movie held great recollections for Judy. Vincente was a really type director who was simple to work with. He made certain that the studio didn’t overwork Judy and that she had cheap hours.”
“Sadly, different administrators overworked Judy,” she shared. “However he protected her. And he made certain that we had a contented, calm set with good hours. And he made certain Judy acquired loads of relaxation. She was all the time very comfortable on set. I by no means noticed her unhappy or nervous or something like that whereas filming. It was a optimistic expertise for all of us.”
O’Brien mentioned she and Garland saved in contact through the years.
“The final time I spoke to her was at an enormous Hollywood dinner,” mentioned O’Brien. “She noticed me, came to visit and mentioned, ‘Oh, good day Margaret! How are you?’ Each time we noticed one another, it’s as if we hadn’t been aside. I’m now superb pals together with her youngsters, particularly her son. All of them turned out to be very candy, great folks. You possibly can simply inform how a lot these youngsters love their mom. I actually liked her and I simply labored together with her. She was a really particular individual. And I by no means forgot her.”