The Lion Might Have Been Cowardly, But He Was Also Rich
Bert Lahr, the actor who played the Cowardly Lion, was paid $2,500 per week for a total of 26 weeks. For reference, Judy Garland earned $500 per week.
To be fair, Lahr was already a famous star on Broadway and the vaudeville circuit. Garland was famous at the time, too, however.
In inflation-adjusted dollars, Lahr earned $45,000 per week.