2018-06-06 15:56:10 UTC
The last living Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz has died.
Jerry Maren, who memorably welcomed Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to Munchkinland
in the classic 1939 film as part of the Lollipop Guild, died last week at a San
Diego nursing care facility, TMZ reported. The actor was laid to rest over the
weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood, said the outlet.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor
from the 124 little people who starred in The Wizard of Oz. The bio on his
Instagram page also states, Last living munchkin from the Wizard of Oz.
Maren was close to his nieces and nephews after his wife Elizabeth, who was also
a little person, died in 2011 at age 69, TMZ reports.
The actor appeared in TV bits on popular shows over the years including The
Twilight Zone, Seinfeld and Bewitched, according to IMDB. His most recent role
was back in 2010, when he appeared in the movie Dahmer vs. Gacy.
However, he is best remembered for being in the middle of the Lollipop Guild
trio donning green and presenting Garland with a giant candy.
Ive done so many things in show business, but people say, You were in The
Wizard of Oz? It takes peoples breath away, Maren recalled during an
interview with Patch in 2011. But then I realized, Geez, it must have been a
hell of a picture, because everyone remembers it everywhere I go.'