Oz in the News 11.16.11

‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin Karl Slover dies at 93 The 4-foot-5 Slover died of cardiopulmonary arrest Tuesday afternoon in a central Georgia hospital, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Nathan Stanley. According to friends, as recently as last weekend, Slover appeared at events in the suburban Chicago area. Slover was best known for playing the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins’ band but also had roles as a townsman and soldier in the film, said John Fricke, author of “100 Years of Oz” and five other books on the movie and its star, Judy Garland. Slover was one of the tiniest male Munchkins in the movie. Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins. “He has a genuine immortality,” Fricke said. “Of the 124 little people, he’s one of the handful who got to enjoy this latter-day fame, to have people know who he was and be able to pick him out of the crowd in the movie.”

Three Heel Clicks to Beverly Hills: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers On Display  Worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film, the slippers will display at Solange-Azagury Partridge in Beverly Hills from November 14 through November 15. The iconic footwear will be showcased at an anniversary party for the jeweler before heading to NYC for Icons of Hollywood, a three-day auction spearheaded by Profiles in History. Solange has partnered with the L.A. Opera for the event, and 10% of the total sales proceeds will benefit the opera.

Television: ‘Oz’ comes to ‘The Middle’  In the perpetual search for something Sue can do, this may be perfect: A community production of “The Wizard of Oz” accepts all kids, without auditions. Things get complicated, however, with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Bob (Chris Kattan) in the show.

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