For Jerry Maren, the central member of the Lollipop Guild, it was also a career maker. My teen-age summers were usually spent jobless and alone, watching Turner Classic Movies in my basement, as if it were a bunker for laying low until it was again. Journalists who spoke to ex-Munchkins did it strictly from hunger, but, in the rare instances when they went deep, an almost unbearably poignant narrative emerged.
Please refresh the page and retry. Maren was the last surviving munchkin actor from the film, and made a memorable appearance as part of the "Lollipop Guild" of Munchkinland. Maren was 18 years old when he appeared in the Oscar-winning movie.
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Updated January 28, I've spent the best part of the last fortnight urgently trying to track down a year-old former actor to ask him if he molested Judy Garland. Garland was 16 when she starred in movie, The Wizard of Oz. The claim she was molested by the actors who played the munchkins comes from the actress's late husband, Sid Luft, in a re-released book due out in SeptemberJudy and I: My Life with Judy Garland.
The Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. But in reality the diminutive stars of The Wizard Of Oz were more likely to be happy because they were high on booze and drugs. Slover played the lead trumpet in the fanfare for the Mayor of Oz who welcomes Dorothy to the Technicolor dream.
Ever since it became a TV staple during the late s, "The Wizard of Oz" has been regarded as a classic family film, part of the fabric of American popular culture. But is there something sinister hidden in this classic movie? According to an urban legend, if you watch the film closely you'll see a scene in which a Munchkin commits suicide by hanging himself.
Standing at 4 feet 3, Maren was the longest-living member of the munchkins and the last surviving little person to appear in the iconic film. News of his death only began circulating on Wednesday. His nephew Lloyd Decker told the New York Times that the cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Leo Singer, a business man and leader of a little person theatrical troupe, bought little people outright from parents, who were typically poor farmers, to perform in top vaudeville theatres in the s. Since Oz, the founding of the nonprofit organization Little People of America in has worked towards proper rights and compensation for little people in Hollywood. Postmedia is pleased to bring you a new commenting experience. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles.
In an entertainment career that spanned more than 70 years, he portrayed The Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese 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. He would show up regularly at film conventions, munchkin gatherings and other events honoring the cast over the years.