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OFFBEAT: Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dead at age 93

OFFBEAT: Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dead at age 93

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 08, 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
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
2013 Winners of Brookfield Zoo's Boo at the Zoo! Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

2013 Winners of Brookfield Zoo's Boo at the Zoo! Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

The 2013 winners of Brookfield Zoo's Boo at the Zoo! Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 19 included (left to right) a family dressed up as "The Wizard of Oz," a mouse, a mini Son of Svengoolie with a rubber chicken sidekick, Count Dracula, Chucky, a flying pig, a colonial gown garbe…

October 22, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Bluebirds, Shirley Temple and Albert's 2013 Auction Sunday for MS

OFFBEAT: Bluebirds, Shirley Temple and Albert's 2013 Auction Sunday for MS

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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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
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Wizard of Oz" Broadway Stage Musical Tour

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Wizard of Oz" Broadway Stage Musical Tour

After launching in Toronto last year, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Wizard of Oz" Broadway stage musical is continuing a tour of U.S. cities for the remainder of 2013 and 2014.

September 20, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Oz' gets $25 million promo, including Munchkin guest

OFFBEAT: 'Oz' gets $25 million promo, including Munchkin guest

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 18, 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
OFFBEAT: Chicago Shakespeare 'Shrek' splashy balance of 'blue' and green

OFFBEAT: Chicago Shakespeare 'Shrek' splashy balance of 'blue' and green

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 25, 2013 12:00 am
Mediawatcher: Countdown to Ecstasy, Chasing the charts down memory lane

Mediawatcher: Countdown to Ecstasy, Chasing the charts down memory lane

I used to think that surfing iTunes was the perfect gateway to my pop past (“Hey, look! Here’s that song that was playing on the Himalaya ride at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1977!”). But then I got a subscription to satellite radio for my car and iPad—and the “wave of nostalgia” became a tsunami.

July 15, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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Mediawatch: Of a Certain Age

Mediawatch: Of a Certain Age

I don’t care what anyone says—turning 50 is a massive gut-check, and those who say that it’s not a big deal are either a) in denial, b) lying, or c) in their 90s. (Also, to all of my fellow body-conscious Baby Boomers out there, I apologize for using the words “massive” and “gut” in sequence.)

June 25, 2013 2:15 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Buddy Holly and Julia Child in 2013 Chicago Broadway season

OFFBEAT: Buddy Holly and Julia Child in 2013 Chicago Broadway season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 05, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Local actress ready for new role outside of 'Trailer Park'

OFFBEAT: Local actress ready for new role outside of 'Trailer Park'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 25, 2013 12:00 am
Chesterton's Wizard of Oz Fest could end without new sponsor

Chesterton's Wizard of Oz Fest could end without new sponsor

CHESTERTON | A new sponsoring organization is needed to assume the duties of managing and coordinating Chesterton's annual Wizard of Oz Festival or the event is likely to cease.

February 11, 2013 6:15 pm
State-of-the-art pinball machine takes players to Oz

State-of-the-art pinball machine takes players to Oz

GRIFFITH | A rainbow contains all the colors of the visible light spectrum.

January 21, 2013 10:00 pm
MHS Actresses Hope Krajnak (left) and Cree Smith with Director Thomas Mackey

MHS Actresses Hope Krajnak (left) and Cree Smith with Director Thomas Mackey

MHS student actresses Hope Krajnak (left) of Crown Point as Wicked Witch of the West and Cree Smith of Hobart as Dorothy with Director Thomas Mackey.

October 29, 2012 12:00 am
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