Ruth Robinson Duccini, last surviving female Munchkin in 'The Wizard of Oz,' dies at 95

By Kevin Kryah,

Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the Munchkins from the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has died. She was 95.

According to The Associated Press, Duccini was the last living female Munchkin from the film.

A total of 124 little people played Munchkins in the film. The Los Angeles Times reported that, as of Duccini’s death, the only former Munchkin left alive is Jerry Maren, 93, who played a member of the Lollipop Guild.

The Associated Press notes that Duccini was born in Rush City, Minn. in 1918. She was cast in The Wizard of Oz after traveling to California with a troupe of other little people. She went uncredited for her role.

“It was long hours and heavy costumes. We didn’t have much time for ourselves. It was all new to me then, and I loved being a part of what is now a classic,” Duccini has said about her time on set.

Duccini died of natural causes at a hospice in Las Vegas.

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