(AP) – Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939
classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died.
Pellegrini suffered a stroke Monday at her Glendale home and died
Wednesday at a Phoenix-area hospital, said Ted Bulthaup, a Woodbridge,
Ill., resident who owns a Chicago theater where Pellegrini and other
Munchkins have made special appearances. Bulthaup said he learned
of Pellegrini’s death from her relatives.
With her death, only two of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie are
Pellegrini has said she was 16 when "The Wizard of Oz" was filmed. She
played one of the "sleepy head" kids and wore a flowerpot on her head in
Later, Pellegrini was a guest speaker at grade schools across the Phoenix
metropolitan area for many years.
She usually appeared in costume and told stories about her time as a Munchkin,
The Arizona Republic reported. She also told children that the "Wizard of Oz"
movie was a moral lesson.
"There are two roads in life that you can take — the wrong road and the right
road," she said. "And remember, there really is no place like home."