REEFER MADNESS: Old Hollywood Stars Who Danced With Mary Jane!
April 21, 2016
It’s no secret that the world was a little less productive than normal yesterday. April 20th – or, 4/20– has quickly become the poster-boy of counter-culture Holidays. One that is so widely known, Canada chose yesterday to announce they would be legalizing marijuana in spring of 2017. Yep, this was an official announcement.
But as modern as pot-culture seems to be – that isn’t quite the case. We’re going back before teenagers hid behind portables, before hippies sat in friend circles. Many of your favourite stars of yesteryear were chummy with the friendly stranger – some even caught red-handed, and charged criminally with the substance. Check out our list of stars below!
Famous, Fifties Crooner Bing Grosby was secretly packing his pipe with wacky tobbacy, it seems. Crosby was introduced with the herbal remedy way back in the 20’s (before it was made illegal in 1927) by jazz legend Louis Armstrong. A Pocketful of Dreams quotes Bing’s eldest son, Gary, as saying “If you look at the way he sang and the way he walked and talked, you could make a pretty good case for somebody who was loaded. Gary also explained how sometimes, when marijuana was mentioned to Crosby, “…he’d get a smile on his face. He’d kind of think about it and there’d be that little smile.”
Crosby was reluctant to publicly admit whether he continued to use cannabis, he wasn’t one to shy away from telling the media he thought it should be legalized. In numerous interviews during the 1960s-70s, he was forthright in saying the plants’ use should be decriminalized.
After a video surfaced in 2009, showing the Hollywood starlet purportedly smoking marijuana with friends in a New Jersey home, the world speculated if Marilyn truly participated in a puff puff pass. The film, which was shot in 1958 or 1959, shows Monroe sitting on a couch with what looks to be a joint in her hand. After a cut, the person sitting next to Monroe passes her the alleged joint from which she inhales.
While impossible to say for certain that she’s smoking marijuana in the clip, it certainly does look like it – Marilyn is all grins and giggles throughout the video.
Famous Fifties Heartthrob and father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis was no stranger to the green herb. He was famously arrested for possession of cannabis at London’s Heathrow Airport in 1970. And, in an interview with People magazine in 1980, he reminisced: “I used to smoke marijuana, years ago.”
The Famous Feet of famous actor and dancer Fred Astaire may have been fuelled by a little green plant, it seems. Actress Petula Clarke, who appeared alongside Astaire in the 1968 film Finian’s Rainbow, outed the actor in 2012. In an interview with the BBC, she said ‘…there was a lot of flower power going on!’ when asked about drug use between her and her co-stars.
It was revealed in the book Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, that the sultry starlet was no stranger to Mary Jane’s advances. Ava is quoted as saying, “I adored him. He was outrageous,” of Robert Mitchum, who turned her on to marijuana on the set of “My Forbidden Past” in 1951. “[I]n front of reporters, he’d call to his makeup man: ‘Hey, bring me some of that good shit, man.’..”
Oscar winning Screen-writer Dalton Trumbo is more famous for being blacklisted than being a pot head. But he was outed in an October 2007 article in the New Yorker by Steve Martin, who says that he saw Trumbo “…sorting the seeds and stems from a brick of pot..” during the 1970s while he was dating Trumbo’s daughter Mitzi.