Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “The Wiz”
The replacement director, Sidney Lumet, also happened to be Lena Horne’s son-in-law at the time. Lumet, who had directed the Academy Award winning 12 Angry Men, was hired because he had a reputation of getting movies done on time and under budget. (That didn’t happen this time.) He was married to Lena’s daughter, Gail Jones, for 15 years. Surprisingly, the couple divorced the same year that movie was released into theaters. Lumet passed away last year at the age of 86.