Oz in the News 1.17.14

ruth_duccini_a_pOne of the last ‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkins dies  Ruth Robinson Duccini, who played a Munchkin in the beloved 1939 musical fantasy The Wizard of Oz, died Thursday in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 95. Duccini was one of a troupe of 124 little people who portrayed the Munchkins in the Judy Garland film. Cox provided the Associated Press with a recent statement from Duccini about her time on the Wizard of Oz set. “It was long hours and heavy costumes. We didn’t have much time for ourselves. It was all new to me then, and I loved being a part of what is now a classic,” she said. Though she gained fame as a Munchkin, Duccini told The Daily Beast in a 2013 interview that her greatest role was as a “Rosie the Riveter” at an airplane factory in Santa Monica, Calif., during World War II. (Her small size allowed her to fit into tight spaces.) “The one thing that I’m most proud of, during the Second World War, I worked on airplanes in a defense plant. … I’m really proud of that,” she said.

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