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Are Any Wizard Of Oz Actors Alive

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David Lawrence
• Sunday, 17 October, 2021
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As a film and television historian I receive notes all the time from the loved ones of actors (and crew members) that have passed away, and I appreciate their help tremendously. Ms. Mark played a child munchkin (IMDb does not have a page for her).

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TCM lists another child munchkin by the name of Viola White (she also does not have a page on IMDb). According to several people that I have spoken to it is unconfirmed if either lady is living, however a majority believe that sadly neither one is.

Although this list is the most accurate and up-to-date, you may also check the FAQs page on IMDb for the living cast and crew; I created it in 2014 after Ms. Ruth Puccini (who was the final dwarf lady munchkin living) passed away: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/faq?ref_=tt_faq_sm#.2.1.15. My lists have been published in magazines and news articles around the world and on many other Websites.

Betty Ann Bruno was born on May 4, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She began her career as a radio actress and professional dancer in 1937, shortly after her graduation from Hollywood High School.

Beavered, Entertainment April 26, 2019, by Eric Turkienicz Everyone knows the beloved Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz. It has touched both young and old for generations, and ushered in a new age of fantastical cinema.

In an entertainment career that spanned more than 70 years, he portrayed The Ham burglar and Mayor Cheese in McDonald's commercials, appeared in scores of films and TV shows and made personal appearances as Little Oscar for Oscar Mayer hot dogs. But it was his role as one of the Lollipop Kids in “The Wizard of Oz that always held a special place in his heart.

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He would show up regularly at film conventions, munchkin gatherings and other events honoring the cast over the years. Jerry Main attends the Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Emerald Gala in New York on Sept. 24, 2009. Charles Sykes / AP fireman, who stood just 4-feet-3, was one of more than 100 little people recruited to play munchkins in the movie.

Born Gerald Marathi in Boston on Jan. 24, 1919, Main was singing and dancing at a show at a Connecticut hotel in 1938 when MGM talent scouts saw the diminutive teenager actor and invited him to Hollywood to join the munchkin cast. Among them was another film classic in its own right, “The Terror of Tiny Town,” a traditional Western but with a little people cast.

Betty Ann Bruno Craig ScheinerWell, 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 Main.

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. 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.

She also remembers knocking on the door of star Judy Garland’s trailer every day, asking for a signed photo. Bruno’s Hollywood career ended soon after when her family fled Los Angeles for the countryside.

Main attending the premiere of Danger Vs. Gary in Hollywood on January 15, 2010, nine days before his 90th birthday. Born(1920-01-24)January 24, 1920DiedMay 24, 2018(2018-05-24) (aged 98)Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills OccupationActorYears active1938–2016Height4 ft 2 3 4 in (129 cm)Spouse(s) (m. 1975; died 2011) Jerry Main (born Gerald Marathi ; January 24, 1920 – May 24, 2018), was an American actor who played a Munchkin member of the Lollipop Guild in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Wizard of Oz.

Gerard Marathi, eventually known as Jerry Main, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the youngest of eleven or twelve children. At the age of 12, Main started taking dancing lessons with his sister.

Main received a telegram, just after graduating from high school, asking him to come to California to work on a film. In The Wizard of Oz, he played the green-garbed member of the Lollipop Guild (between Jakob “Jackie” Erich and Harry Earle's), handing a lollipop to Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland).

The idea was a success on stage, and the group toured the New England circuit for a considerable length of time. In the same year as The Wizard of Oz, Main appeared in an Gang short Tiny Troubles as the criminal “Light-Fingered Lester”, and was an extra in the Western film The Terror of Tiny Town.

In the late 1970s, Main was the dapper little man in top hat and tuxedo on The Gong Show, heralding each show's big finish with an onslaught of confetti as Milton DeLugg's band played “Hoop Dee Dew”. He made a notable appearance in the episode “Felix the Horse player” of The Odd Couple as Harry Tillman, a racehorse exerciser who gives Oscar tips on winning horses.

In 1982, he played Morris the bellboy, a regular character in the ABC sitcom No Soap, Radio. After 2011, Main stopped traveling or appearing at any of the Oz Festivals held throughout the country, but he did appear for a handprint and footprint ceremony at Grammar's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on September 18, 2013.

Main was married to Elizabeth Barrington from 1975 until her death at age 69 on January 27, 2011. He posted a video on Instagram to say that he was alive and well, and according to friend Steve Cox, he didn't have cancer.

When The Hollywood Reporter attempted to contact Main for a story on little people in Hollywood in August 2016, Main's caretakers informed the reporter that he was too frail to make further appearances or conduct interviews. ^ A few anonymous female extras who portrayed Munchkins are known to survive, but they were children, rather than adults with dwarfism.

^ “Final female Oz Munchkin Ruth Puccini dead at 95”. ^ a b c d e f “Jerry Main, Who Sang and Danced as a Munchkin in Oz, Dies at 98”.

^ “Motherly Women Big Pain To Jerry, A Midget Actor”. ^ Gore Filled Trailer: Frankenstein Rising, dreadcentral.com; accessed June 6, 2018.

' Wizard of Oz Munchkin's wife, Elizabeth Main, dead at 69". ^ “Last Wizard of Oz Munchkin: Jerry Main NOT Dead ... Just Lying Low”.

“Little People, Big Woes in Hollywood: Low Pay, Degrading Jobs and a Tragic Death”. ^ “Oldest Wizard of Oz Munchkin Jerry Main's Heart Gave Out”.

Meredith Glass was one of the last surviving cast members of “The Wizard of Oz.” She died on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the age of 98. Linda Hammond sorted through the last box of her mother’s belongings at Covenant Shores retirement community.

Filled with photographs, newspaper clippings, cards, letters and memorabilia, her voice catches in her throat as she speaks. Glass was 18 when she landed her first acting job as an extra on “The Wizard of Oz in 1939.

She secured a small contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) studio, appearing as an extra in several Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney films, including “Babes on Broadway,” “Strike up the Band,” and “Babes in Arms.” Though her life began in children’s radio theater in San Francisco before moving to Hollywood, Glass told the Reporter in February she never wanted to be an actress.

“After a visit to Israel, she was determined to start her own falafel company,” Hammond said. After her husband’s death in the 1980s and after her children grew and moved away, Glass dedicated her life to volunteer work.

Glass became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in California. She volunteered to work with children who were in foster care or in unstable living conditions.

“ Any time she would see a child, whether in a park or a grocery store, she’d be ready to make them a balloon animal,” she said. Suzanne Philen, the thrift shop business coordinator, worked with Glass all 12 years of her volunteering.

In February, Covenant Shores held an event celebrating the film and Glass’s connection. In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites.

She spent her life serving others as a psychiatric technician, a court appointed special advocate and a children's clown. Meredith Glass was one of the green ladies in the Emerald City in the 1939 movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos.

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