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Last Surviving 'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Jerry Maren Dies

Jerry Maren, seen giving an impromptu performance to WDIO in 2004, has died at 99. He made multiple appearances at the Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids. Jerry Maren, seen giving an impromptu performance to WDIO in 2004, has died at 99. He made multiple appearances at the Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Associated Press
Updated: June 06, 2018 06:26 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from the classic 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," has died at age 99. He had made multiple appearances at the annual Judy Garland Festival in Grand Rapids.

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The actor's niece, Stacy Michelle Barrington, said Wednesday that Maren died May 24 at a San Diego nursing home.

Maren, who stood just 4-feet-3, was one of more than 100 little people recruited to play munchkins in the movie.

He stood out among the others, however, as the "Lollipop Kid" who sang, danced and then famously handed Judy Garland's Dorothy an oversized lollipop.

Maren would go on to appear in scores of other films, as well as TV shows and commercials, in a career that spanned more than 70 years.

But he said "The Wizard of Oz" always held a special place in his heart.

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