Wizard of Oz munchkin, living in Arizona, passes away
POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:14pm
Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — One of the last remaining Wizard of Oz munchkins has passed away at age 89.
Margaret Pellegrini was one of three surviving munchkins from the famous 1939 film.
She was born in Tuscumbia, AL, and recently lived at the Beatitudes Campus in central Phoenix.
In March, CBS 5 News spoke with Pellegrini as Disney's adaptation of the movie, OZ: The Great and Powerful was released.
Pellegrini said she was just 13 years old when a scout spotted her at a state fair. He took down her name and address, and then two years later she found out she was going to Hollywood.
Pellegrini was paid $50 a week. It was 10 times what her father made, so she sent money home to Alabama.