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RIP: Oz’s Last Remaining Female ‘Munchkin’

MunchkinsOzCoverRuth Robinson Duccini was 95. Her death from natural causes Thursday in Las Vegas leaves 93-year-old Los Angeles resident Jerry Maren as the last surviving member of the cast of 124 “Munchkins” from 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz.

Duccini’s death was confirmed to the AP by Stephen Cox, author of 1996 book The Munchkins of Oz. He told the wire service he learned of the passing from the performer’s son:

Duccini worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Santa Monica, CA during World War II, using her short [four-foot-tall] stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the [1981 movie] spoof Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

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One screenwriter is using her free time to good advantage: food blogging. Food Coma L.A is screenwriter Kelly Fremon’s baby.

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Showrunners aren’t working, despite rumors to the contrary.

Dana Goodyear met Jerry Maren, of the Lollipop Guild, who didn’t get any residuals from The Wizard of Oz. Surprise–neither did Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, or anyone else from the 1939 classic.

(photo from slackmistress)