Judy Garland's ex-assistant tells all in memoir: Judy slit her wrists, tried to stab me after swallowing pill cocktail

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Judy Garland's Ex-Assistant: She Tried to Stab Me After Swallowing Pills


The world remembers Judy Garland from her stellar performance in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

But behind the scenes, the legendary performer was anything but the charming and sweetly innocent Dorothy.

"One of the best entertainers that the U.S. ever produced was the loneliest, unhappiest and most dysfunctional woman in the world," Phillips told INSIDE EDITION.

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Judy Garland's ex-assistant tells all in memoir: Judy slit her wrists, tried to stab me after swallowing pill cocktail
Headshot of American actor and singer Judy Garland (1922-1969) wearing a bracelet, circa 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Comic actor Jimmy Durante (1893 - 1980) with child star Judy Garland (1922 - 1969), the entertainer and leading lady. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1931: Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) formerly Frances Gumm was part of a show biz family that toured in vaudeville. She starred in 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'A Star is Born' . She married five times, and though a legendary performer, had a reputation for being difficult. Viewed at a tea party. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
At age 5, Judy Garland donned her first ruffles for a leading role in a kiddie revue, staged at a Los Angeles Theatre., in 1926. (AP Photo)
Singer-actor Bing Crosby, left, visits singer-actress Judy Garland on the set of "The Harvey Girls" in Hollywood, Ca., in 1945. (AP Photo)
American actors Bert Lahr (1895 - 1967) (far right), Ray Bolger (1904 - 1987) (back row, right), Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) (sitting, right), composer Harold Arlen (1905 - 1986) (sitting left), and various MGM and music publishing executives sing songs from the 1939 film musical 'The Wizard of Oz' around a microphone in the NBC radio studio, circa 1939. (Image by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
This is an undated photograph of child actress Judy Garland at an unknown location. (AP Photo)
1945: Film director Vincente Minnelli (1903 - 1986) kisses singer and actress Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) on the brow at their wedding. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney put their heads together over a television script for their first on stage reunion in 18 years on June 26, 1963. The occasion was the taping of the first of 32 variety shows which Judy will do for CBS next season. Their last appearance together was in “Ziegfield Follies” in 1945. (AP Photo)
Judy Garland, as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," is presented with the Witch's broom in a scene from the 1939 movie. Garland is accompanied by, from left to right, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, and Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow. (AP Photo)
Actress Judy Garland portrays Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." (AP Photo)
Judy Garland, right, and Billie Burke pose in character for the 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz." Burke portrayed Glinda the Good Witch and Garland was Dorothy in the classic movie. (AP Photo/file)
Actress Judy Garland and musician Dave Rose pose at the airport in Hollywood, Calif., on July 29, 1941. Garland and Rose are returning from Las Vegas, Nev., where they were married by a Justice of the Peace in a suprise elopement on July 28. (AP Photo)
1944: American film actress Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm, 1922 - 1969) at home answering fan mail. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actor and singer Judy Garland (1922-1969) holds her hands up near her face, circa 1950s.(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actor Jackie Cooper and Judy Garland are shown together in Hollywood, Ca., on Aug. 15, 1936. (AP Photo)
Actress Judy Garland rehearses a scene with her real-life daughter Liza, who at two-and-a-half-years-old follows her mother's theatrical footsteps, on the set of Garland's recent motion picture "In the Good Old Summertime," in Hollywood, Calif., on December 3, 1948. (AP Photo)
17th October 1957: American film star and entertainer Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) performing on stage at the Dominion Theatre in London. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Keystone/Getty Images)
American actor and singer Judy Garland (1922-1969) stands arm in arm with actor Rosalind Russell (1907 - 1906), circa 1960s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6th April 1951: Judy Garland, born Frances Gumm (1922-1969), US film actress and singer, at the Dorchester Hotel. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
Entertainer Judy Garland, right, looks a little starstruck as she meets Queen Elizabeth II in the foyer of the Palladium Theater in London, after a royal variety performance, Nov. 18, 1957. Garland was one of a group of stage stars who appeared before a glittering audience, among whom were the queen and other members of the royal family. (AP Photo)
Singer-actress Judy Garland hugs her 17-year-old daughter Liza Minnelli after watching Liza star in the Off-Broadway revival of the 1941 musical "Best Foot Forward" in New York City, April 3, 1963. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
8th April 1951: American actress and singer Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) holds her hat on as she takes a walk in London in strong winds. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)
circa 1955: Singer and film star, Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) at an airport. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
17th October 1957: Hollywood entertainer Judy Garland, 'Miss Showbusiness' as she is known, performing at the opening of her new show at the Dominion theatre in London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American actress and singer Judy Garland (1922 - 1969), in her London hotel suite. She arrived with her three children Joey, Lorna and Liza, following a reported attempt by her husband, producer Sid Luft, to declare her 'an unfit mother'. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Stevie Phillips was Garland's personal assistant for four years during the 1960s. Now she's revealing all in her new memoir, "Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me" - the names of all the Hollywood big-shots she came in contact with.

But it's Garland who dominates the book. Phillips started working for her after her heyday at MGM.

It was a sad time in her life, when the icon she had already fallen into an abyss of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Phillips writes about witnessing Garland slitting her wrists. She recalls one terrifying night when she says Garland threatened to stab her after downing a dangerous cocktail of pills.

"She finally went into the kitchen, we were in a large suite, she got out a large knife and she came after me with it," said Phillips.

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Hard to believe, but Garland, who starred in many of the greatest Hollywood movie musicals of all time, ended up penniless.

"She was virtually a homeless person. She was sleeping on the couches of her fans. It was heartbreaking," said Phillips.

To read an excerpt from Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me, click here.

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