The last surviving female Munchkin from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” has died. The Associated Press reports that Ruth Robinson Duccini, who was one of two surviving original Munchkins, died of natural causes Thursday in Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas. She was 95.
At 4 feet tall, Duccini traveled to California with a troupe of little people and was cast in the MGM movie, which starred Judy Garland as Dorothy. She met her husband while working at MGM, and they had a son and daughter.
She later appeared in the 1981 comedy feature “Under the Rainbow,” starring Carrie Fisher and Chevy Chase, which was loosely based on the 1939 auditions for Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz."
Duccini also appeared at festivals and screenings for “The Wizard of Oz.”
The only surviving original Munchkin is Jerry Maren, 93, who was a member of the Lollipop Guild, the piece notes.