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Ruth L. Robinson (Duccini) (1918-2014)

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Ruth was the last surviving female munchkin until she died. She was born in 1918 in Minnesota and traveled to California to be in what was at the time just a musical that was employing about 120 little people.

She was only 4 feet tall but she stood out like a sore thumb. You see she became part of American Film history.

In 1939, a movie called 'The Wizard of Oz' was released and it became an instant hit. It had in its cast about 120 little people who became very close to our hearts. Their song and dance forever etched into what we have become to know as a legend of a movie. Judy Garland it's star would go on to super stardom but for the munchkins this is what they had and some would never appear in another film.

For Ruth, she would recall that the days were long and tiring. She would receive about $125.00 a week while playing the role of a munchkin.

During WWII she would play another role as Rosie the riveter. Because of her size she was able to get in places that others were not. She would mostly work on planes but I must say on a personal note I think what she did for the war effort was more important than anything she did on 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Funny thing I think she felt the same way. She would later receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

With Ruth's passing, this leaves only one of the original munchkins still living. Jerry Maren 93 is the sole surviving munchkin from the film 'The Wizard of Oz'. Ruth Robinson Duccini Rest In Peace.


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