Ruth Robinson Duccini, the sole surviving actress who played a Munchkin in the 1939 classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’, died on Jan. 16 at age 95.
Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last remaining Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz,” died after a short illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, Nev., her son Fred Duccini said. Now there is just one surviving male little person who starred in the film.
Ruth Robinson Duccini Dies — Last Female Munchkin From ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Dead At 95
Ruth, who was 4 feet tall, was one of the 124 little people who appeared with legendary actress Judy Garland in the acclaimed musical fantasy film The Wizard of Oz, which was based on the novel of the same name by author L. Frank Baum.
Ruth never lost touch with her Wizard of Oz roots, making appearances at Oz-related events across the country in her later years.
Ruth lived in Los Angeles for many years before moving to Arizona and eventually Nevada. The actress, who received no screen credit for her part as a Munchkin townsperson, travelled to Hollywood in 2007, when the Munchkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jerry Maren Of The Lollipop Guild Is The Sole Surviving Munchkin
The only surviving little person who played a Munchkin in the film is 93-year-old Jerry Maren, who was a member of the Lollipop Guild. Jerry occasionally still acts in films and television shows, and also makes appearances at film festivals and memorabilia shows for The Wizard of Oz.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth’s family during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee