"Wizard of Oz" darling Judy Garland was a natural on stage but, behind closed doors, the actress and singer turned to drugs after a bitter divorce and the cancellation of her television series, "The Judy Garland Show." It was widely known that Garland turned to various drugs in her early career to control her weight and mood but as her drug intake increased, so did Garland's erratic behavior in show biz. On June 22, 1969, Garland was found dead in her London home, from an apparent suicide. An autopsy revealed "an incautious self-overdosage of barbiturates." Her stomach contained no drug residue, so the drug had been taken over a long period of time rather than one dose, as in most cases of suicide.
River Phoenix enjoyed great success on the big screen, including a featured role in 1989's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." But in his personal life, Phoenix disliked the attention that comes with fame. He once said, "I've kept my ego and my happiness completely separate from my work. In fact, if I see my face on the cover of a magazine, I go into remission. I shut myself out and freak." His sudden death outside of a Hollywood nightclub in 1993 was caused by "acute multiple drug intoxication," according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. He was 23. Toxicology tests found deadly levels of cocaine and morphine, along with traces of marijuana, the prescription sedative Valium and an over-the-counter cold medication.