Ruth 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 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.
The foxnews.com version of the AP obit has a great photo of Duccini, Maren and some other then-surviving Munchkins, taken in November 2007 as the group celebrated their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check out the picture here.
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