'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 10:00 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 95.

Duccini died of natural causes in Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Her death was confirmed by Stephen Cox, author of "The Munchkins of Oz." He says he learned of it from Duccini's son.

With her death, only one member of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive.

Duccini worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in Santa Monica, Calif., during World War II, using her short statute to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes.

She also appeared in the spoof "Under the Rainbow" starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

In her later years, she appeared at festivals and screenings celebrating "The Wizard of Oz."

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