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Munchkin Ruth Duccini, who played a Munchkin Townswoman in the 1939 MGM Film "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini, who played a Munchkin Townswoman in the 1939 MGM Film "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini, who played a Munchkin townswoman in the classic 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz," died at age 95 in Las Vegas Thursday.

January 17, 2014 12:00 am
Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Hollywood Premiere of 75th Anniversary 3D IMAX Release of "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Hollywood Premiere of 75th Anniversary 3D IMAX Release of "The Wizard of Oz"

On Sept. 15, 2013, Munchkin Ruth Duccini was a special red carpet guest at Warner Bros.' world premiere screening of "The Wizard of Oz" in IMAX 3D and the grand opening of the newly converted TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, the very site of the film's 1939 Hollywood premiere.

January 17, 2014 12:00 am
Munchkin Ruth Duccini in her Munchkin Townswoman Costume in "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini in her Munchkin Townswoman Costume in "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini in her Munchkin townswoman costume in the classic 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz." Duccini, 95, died in Las Vegas Thursday.

January 16, 2014 10:08 pm
OFFBEAT: Final female 'Oz' Munchkin dead at 95

OFFBEAT: Final female 'Oz' Munchkin dead at 95

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

January 16, 2014 10:08 pm Photos

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Final female 'Oz' Munchkin Ruth Duccini dead at 95

Final female 'Oz' Munchkin Ruth Duccini dead at 95

LAS VEGAS | Ruth Robinson Duccini, 95, one of the two surviving Munchkins from the legendary 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz," died early Thursday in Las Vegas.

January 16, 2014 12:50 pm Photos

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Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Hollywood Premiere of 75th Anniversary 3D IMAX Release of "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Hollywood Premiere of 75th Anniversary 3D IMAX Release of "The Wizard of Oz"

On Sept. 15, 2013, Munchkin Ruth Duccini was a special red carpet guest at Warner Bros.' world premiere screening of "The Wizard of Oz" in IMAX 3D and the grand opening of the newly converted TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, the very site of the film's 1939 Hollywood premiere.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am
Dee Dee Allemon of Harper Woods, Mich.

Dee Dee Allemon of Harper Woods, Mich.

Dee Dee Allemon of Harper Woods, Mich. was the big winner in 2011 at the 9th Annual Chili Cook-off and Tasting for the Lupus Foundation, Indiana Chapter in Merrillville. Allemon and her husband Bernie play Munchkins in Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" hit 2013 film that also stars James…

September 20, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Sans fest, readers hopeful for future of 'Oz' wiith film, stage

OFFBEAT: Sans fest, readers hopeful for future of 'Oz' wiith film, stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Hollywood Premiere of 75th Anniversary 3D IMAX Release of "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Hollywood Premiere of 75th Anniversary 3D IMAX Release of "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Ruth Duccini at Sunday's Warner Bros. world premiere screening of "The Wizard of Oz" in IMAX 3D and the grand opening of the newly converted TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, the very site of the film's 1939 Hollywood premiere.

September 18, 2013 12:00 am
'Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini dead at age 89

'Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini dead at age 89

Margaret Pellegrini, one of the three surviving original Munchkins from the legendary 1939 MGM film "The Wizard of Oz," died early Wednesday in an assisted living care center near Phoenix, Ariz. She was 89, and would have celebrated her 90th birthday on Sept. 23.

August 07, 2013 6:45 pm Photos

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Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini in Replica Costume from 1939 Film "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini in Replica Costume from 1939 Film "The Wizard of Oz"

Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini models a replica costume, complete with "flowerpot hat," like the one she wore for the 1939 Film "The Wizard of Oz."

August 07, 2013 5:42 pm
Munchkin Margaret Pellegini with Fan Jennifer Gonzalez of Valparaiso

Munchkin Margaret Pellegini with Fan Jennifer Gonzalez of Valparaiso

Jennifer Gonzalez, of Valparaiso, right, laughs with Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last living munchkins from the film "The Wizard of Oz," during an autograph session at the start of the 31st annual Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton in September 2012. Pellegrini, 89, died Wednesday, Aug.…

August 07, 2013 5:31 pm
Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini with Famed Fan Dancer Sally Rand in 1936

Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini with Famed Fan Dancer Sally Rand in 1936

Margaret Pellegrini, left, celebrates her 13th birthday in 1936 with famous fan dancer Sally Rand.

August 07, 2013 4:15 pm
OFFBEAT: New 'Oz' film ready for audiences with a new Indiana Munchkin

OFFBEAT: New 'Oz' film ready for audiences with a new Indiana Munchkin

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 07, 2013 12:00 am
PHIL WIELAND: Indiana could afford to be less enviable

PHIL WIELAND: Indiana could afford to be less enviable

Apparently, it doesn't take much for Indiana to be the envy of other states.

October 26, 2012 12:00 am
MGM Munchkin Wardrobe Test Photo

MGM Munchkin Wardrobe Test Photo

In a rare studio test photo, Karl Slover is shown in wardrobe, displaying the back of his Munchkin Trumpeter costume for his role in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz."

November 17, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Munchkin Karl Slover, 93, was a favorite of 'Oz' fans of all ages

OFFBEAT: Munchkin Karl Slover, 93, was a favorite of 'Oz' fans of all ages

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 17, 2011 12:00 am
Jerry and Elizabeth Maren

Jerry and Elizabeth Maren

Jerry and Elizabeth Maren are shown in this undated photo. Jerry, now 91, played one of the Munchkin Lollipop Guild members in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." Elizabeth, his devoted wife of 35 years, died Jan. 28, 2011 at age 69.

January 31, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin's wife, Elizabeth Maren, dead at 69

OFFBEAT: 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin's wife, Elizabeth Maren, dead at 69

With her bright red hair and Coke-bottle-thick glasses, Elizabeth Maren always was easy to spot at any of the annual Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton each year.

January 31, 2011 12:00 am
Wizard of Oz Costumes

Wizard of Oz Costumes

A DECLARATION - - The Munchkin coroner hat used in the 1939 MGM film classic "The Wizard of Oz" sold at a Los Angeles auction June 12, 2010 for $30,000. (Image courtesy of Profiles in History)

June 19, 2010 12:00 am
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