Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last survivors of the troupe of actors who played the Munchkins in the 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz, died yesterday after suffering a stroke in her home in Phoenix, AZ on Monday. She was 89.
Pellegrini stood out among the group of little people cast in the film as the Munchkin woman with a flowerpot on her head. She can also be seen as one of the “sleepy head kids” in the lavish musical number that greeted Dorothy (Jud Garland) on her arrival to the magical land of Oz.
Born in Margaret Williams in Tuscumbia, Alabama, she was recruited to join the vaudeville act Henry Kramer’s Midgets. Outside of her appearance in Oz, Pellegrini’s only other film appearance was in an uncredited role in the 1971 anti-war drama Johnny Got His Gun.
With her passing, Jerry Maren and Ruth Robinson Duccini become the final two remaining living Munchkin cast members.