Category Archives: Oz in Print

Oz in the News 11.9.18

‘Wizard of Oz’ draft scripts head for auction block A collection of draft scripts for “The Wizard of Oz” and other material from the archives of the 1939 film are going up for auction in December and could fetch up to $1.2 million. Los Angeles auctioneers Profiles in History said on Thursday four handwritten draft screenplays by Noel Langley were being sold. Langley, who died in 1980, was one of about a dozen screenwriters who worked on the big screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s book that catapulted Judy Garland to fame and became an enduring movie classic. Langley’s first three original drafts, dated between April 5 and May 14, 1938, are being sold alongside a fourth draft of the screenplay, written by Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, and a fifth draft from August 1938 by Langley. “It is the single most important manuscript in Hollywood history,” Brian Chanes, head of consignment at Profiles in History, told Reuters. Chanes said the more than 150 pages of handwritten manuscript notes and pages were “the genesis of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” tracing its development and changes from first draft to the final version. Some 16 photos of special effects, including the tornado sequence that transports Garland’s Dorothy from Kansas to the magical land of Oz, will be included in the single lot. The archive is being sold by an anonymous private collector who bought it years ago from the late Los Angeles memorabilia collector, Forrest J. Ackerman, Chanes said. Profiles in History put an estimated sale value of $800,000 – $1.2 million on the archival material, which will be auctioned during its Hollywood memorabilia sale in Los Angeles from Dec. 11-14.

Oz in the News 11.5.18

Illustrator okama Gets Art Exhibit for Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland Books Illustrator and manga creator okama is releasing his version of L. Frank Baum‘s classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as the 11th volume of Kadokawa‘s 100 Nengo mo Yomareru Meisaku (Masterpieces You Can Read 100 Years Later) series on November 30. To celebrate the release, the “okama no Kaku Sekai Meisaku ‘Fushigi no Kuni no Alice’ ‘Oz no Mahōtsukai’-ten” (World Masterpieces That okama Draws: Alice in WonderlandThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz Exhibition) will be held at the GoFa gallery in Tokyo from December 8 to January 14. The 100 Nengo mo Yomareru Meisaku book series recreates classics of Japanese and Western literature with new art by Japanese illustrators. The books targeted at elementary school students feature “story guide manga,” color illustrations and posters, and guides for writing book reports. Before illustrating the series’ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, okama drew the series’ versions of Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass books. The books debuted simultaneously as the series’ first two titles in 2016.

Oz in the News 8.4.18

An Epic “Wizard of Oz” Adventure for the 21st Century Reader, in Toto’s Point of View A couple of days in Oz equals a year in Kansas where Uncle Henry is dying; If the Wizard will provide the cure, will Dorothy find her way home…and in time, to make a difference? Alongside Toto, you will ride in the front seat of a thrilling and emotional roller coaster throughout the magical Land of Oz…and beyond. This Wizard of Oz takeoff is a multidimensional plot-twister as told from Toto’s perspective that includes an updated original cast and a host of other wondrous quirky social misfits. With many surprises along the way, this complex and intriguing parody has as much tongue-in-cheek humor as it does original content, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and romance. For more information, or to acquire e-books (Spanish & English), high res maps, original illustrations, soft, and hard backs, follow Me to: Kickstarter Preview of Limited-Edition Hard Backs and Limited Edition Illustrations – author/artist to sign and number.

Oz in the News 7.28.18

Your Town: An inside look the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center Step inside the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center. One of the first things you’ll notice– the rules — and yes — they are different. “Write on the walls, sit on the furniture, eat and drink, take photos post them please on Facebook and wherever,” Sally Roesch Wagner, Executive Director, explained. Roesch Wagner invited us into the place where Matilda Joslyn Gage once lived with her husband and four children back in the mid 1800’s. Gage’s daughter married L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz. Inside her home, you can find the Oz Parlor which tells their love story. This is the only home in the country where Baum lived that’s open to the public. “Matilda we say is the wonderful Mother of Oz because she is the one that told her son in law that kept going bankrupt write those stories the boys love,” Roesch Wagner said. Baum listened and later published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Five Best: Deborah Levy on Books That Open the Mind  I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at the age of 9, before I saw the film, and am glad that is so. The imaginative reach of L. Frank Baum’s mighty story is still lively in my mind. No Harry Potter, Dorothy hasn’t got a wand—but does have magical silver shoes and the comfort of her beloved dog. “It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings.” The idea that the much-feared Wizard of Oz was a whimpering weakling was subversive to me, but not as thrilling as Dorothy being asked to wear green-tinted spectacles so as not to be blinded by the light of the Emerald City. Baum created a glittering literary eclipse and made humble Dorothy the most powerful character in the book.

Oz in the News 6.21.18

Dates Set for Love, Liza: The Auction In Los Angeles, With Over 1,700 Lots From Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland & Vincente Minnelli Profiles in History is proud to announce the dates of Love, Liza: The Auction. The 3 day auction will be July 30th, 31st & August 1st, in Los Angeles. Highlights include: Liza’s personal tribute “Ruby Slippers” worn at her wedding to Jack Haley, Jr. (son of Jack Haley who played “The Tin Man” in The Wizard of Oz). Judy Garland’s 16mm prints of her films, concert programs and sheet music. Judy Garland ‘s “Dorothy Gale” wig from the first week of shooting on The Wizard of Oz — gifted to Liza by famed Hollywood hair stylist Sydney Guilaroff. The finest collection of rare and unpublished photographs in existence from the careers of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. Rare and unpublished photographs of baby Liza with parents Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, both at work and at home. Judy Garland’s personal handwritten notes to husband Vincente Minnelli — filled with love and admiration. Judy Garland’s tramp clown tailcoat from a portrait sitting with Richard Avedon.

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Book By L. Frank Baum Actually Has A Fascinating Feminist Origin Picking up the book today, it doesn’t exactly read like a cutting edge feminist manifesto. We can thank L. Frank Baum, though, at least in part, for several generations of fierce, female protagonists in fiction. We can thank him for planting the seed of a witch who was powerful and magical without being evil in the public consciousness. And we can hope that Matilda Joslyn Gage, who never lived to see the Oz books published, would have been (begrudgingly) proud.

Oz in the News 6.11.18

Last remaining Munchkin actors share their stories On May 24, actor Jerry Maren passed away at age 98 in San Diego, Calif., and — as was widely reported — the world lost its last living “Wizard of Oz” munchkin. Well, its last munchkin played by a dwarf actor. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, I’m a munchkin and I’m still alive!’ ” Betty Ann Bruno told The Post of hearing about Maren. As children in 1939, Bruno and Joan Kenmore, both now 86, were two of a dozen little girls cast as extras to round out the movie’s Lollipop Guild. Kenmore seconded Bruno’s cry not to be forgotten. “I’m still here, and I can still breathe and I can still walk,” she told TMZ. The 12 girls, who are not listed in the film’s credits, sang and danced with the “real” munchkins (all dwarf actors), but were given short shrift.n“We were always in the background. They didn’t want to see children’s faces but they wanted our little bodies,” said Bruno, who is now ­5-foot-2 and lives in Sonoma, Calif., where she teaches hula dancing.

‘Wizard of Oz’ leads list of books with links to Illinois It begins in Kansas and detours to the Emerald City, but “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written in Chicago and now heads the list of Top Illinois Books chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project. Other books on the list are decidedly darker than the beloved children’s classic. “The Jungle” and “Spoon River Anthology” take readers from Chicago slaughterhouses to a small-town cemetery. “Devil in the White City” and “Native Son” explore the mind of a serial killer and the rage of a poor African-American man. The Illinois Top 200 project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the most inspiring leaders, greatest inventions, top businesses and much more. By the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories – the Illinois Top 200.


Oz in the News 3.28.18

Woodmere’s Charles Santore show is a trove of illustration, from Columbo to Cowardly Lion In one of the more memorable images from “Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling,” at Woodmere Art Museum through May 13, we see the Cowardly Lion as we’ve never seen him before. First of all, it’s a real lion we’re seeing, not the sort of businessmanish figure created by W.W. Denslow for the original Wizard of Oz book, or the characterization by Burt Lahr in the movie. Santore’s watercolor shows him leaping across a ravine, with a bonneted Dorothy astride his back. He is outlined against a sky that looks blue above and sunny below. He is fierce and strong, but his eyes are closed. That’s how we know he’s afraid. He can ferry his three companions across the chasm, but he can’t stand to look. The picture foreshadows one of the lessons he will eventually learn—that he has all the courage he needs, but he just needs to recognize it.