According to CBS on Friday, Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 95.
With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive. The only surviving original Munchkin is Jerry Maren, 93, of Los Angeles, who portrayed a member of the Lollipop Guild.
According to Stephen Cox, author of "The Munchkins of Oz", Duccini died of natural causes in Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas on Thursday. Cox said he learned of her passing from Duccini's son.
Born Ruth Robinson July 23, 1918 in Rush City, Minn., Cox said she stood 4-feet tall in adulthood, and In 1938, at age 20, traveled to Culver City, Calif. with a troupe of performing midgets to appear in film classic "The Wizard of Oz" as a Munchkin townswoman.
She met her husband, Fred Duccini, also a little person (but not a Munchkin in the film) while working at MGM; the two married in 1943. She and her husband lived most of their life in Los Angeles and later retired to Bullhead City, Ariz.
They had two children of average size, Margaret and Fred. Ruth’s husband, Fred, died in 1994 and Ruth lived in Arizona and Las Vegas in her final years.
Duccini worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" during WWII in Santa Monica, Calif. She used her short stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the spoof "Under the Rainbow" starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.
In her later years, she appeared at festivals and screenings celebrating "The Wizard of Oz" with those who cherished the film.
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