I just read this on the AP newswire and thought I should post it here.
By the way, nice boots!!!!
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz" has died.
St. Louis actor Mickey Carroll died Thursday at the age of 89.
His caretaker, Linda Dodge, made the announcement Thursday.
Carroll was born Michael Finocchiaro in July 1919 in St. Louis, the son of Italian immigrants.
He was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited for "Oz" to play the natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Mickey Carrol is pictured second Munchkin on the left
Carroll told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview that the Munchkins made only $125 a week while filming, followed by decades of recognition.
Among the fables he's allegedly told -- they claim -- was that he played the Munchkin coroner in the 1939 movie and that Judy Garland, herself, recruited him for the film.
"I never told anyone I was the coroner," says Carroll, who played a soldier and other Munchkin roles in the movie. "But I did do the coroner's voiceover. And, yes, Judy Garland did recruit me for the film. I didn't want to do it because it only paid $35 a week. Then she put Victor Fleming [the film's director] on the phone, and he convinced me."
Please give our regards to The Royal Historian and all those who have followed him across the Great Sandy Waste.
Our hearts go with you... and your family. May Oz never vanish in our hearts and our imagination.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma