Oz in the News 5.9.14

mickey_carroll_bigLawsuit Over Estate of Deceased Munchkin, Mickey Carroll, Slated for Trial Next Week Five years ago this week, Wizard of Oz actor Mickey Carroll passed away in his sleep at the age of 89. Yet the fight over his estate had already begun with Carroll’s niece, Janet Finocchiaro, alleging before his death that the ex-Munchkin’s caretaker, Linda Dodge, physically abused Carroll and duped him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In an ’07 interview with Riverfront Times, Carroll said he was the Munchkin who sang Dorthy’s praises after her house crushed the Wicked Witch of the East: “We thank you very sweetly, for doing it so neatly.” And he said it was his voiceover that famously told Dorthy to “follow the yellow brick road.”

L. Frank Baum’s grandson gets his own ‘Oz’ movie  A friend suggested during a dinner party that Roger Baum – the great-grandson of “Wizard of Oz” creator L. Frank Baum – should write a book based on the characters who live in the Land of Oz.  “My initial reaction was a presumption that I could do it. Then I began to wonder if I could really do it. There are millions of Oz fans worldwide. My great-granddad’s books have been translated into 72 different languages. I didn’t want to insult my great-granddad, but I think it worked out OK,” the 75-year-old Baum says.


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