In the fifties Lila had become a heroin addict and was arrested for drugs. She was later apprehended and charged with being a prostitute. The negative press continued to accumulate and Lila’s days as a Hollywood actress were forgotten.
The scandal magazines of the fifties featured several damning articles on her fall from grace. Many stressed that her life was ruined. These publications, which were the forerunners of the National Enquirer and TMZ, really cemented Lila’s image as a damaged bad girl of Hollywood.