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PostSubject: `Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Mickey Carroll dies at 89   Thu May 07, 2009 11:08 pm

Hey guys, sad news:

One of the last "Wizard of Oz" Munchkins dies

Here's the story:

`Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Mickey Carroll dies at 89

ST. LOUIS - One of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz" has died.

St. Louis actor Mickey Carroll died Thursday at the age of 89.

His caretaker, Linda Dodge, made the announcement Thursday.

Carroll was born Michael Finocchiaro in July 1919 in St. Louis, the son of Italian immigrants.

He was one of more than 100 adults and children who were recruited for "Oz" to play the natives of what author L. Frank Baum called Munchkin Country in his 1900 book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

Carroll told The Associated Press in a 2007 interview that the Munchkins made only $125 a week while filming, followed by decades of recognition.

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