Ruth Robinson Duccini, the second-to-the-last surviving Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz,”died Thursday at age 95.
The actress’ son, Fred Duccini, said his mother’s death came after a brief illness at the Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas.
Robinson Duccini was one of 124 little people who played the Munchkins that greeted Judy Garland’s Dorothy when she arrived in the magical land of Oz.
Stephen Cox, a longtime friend of the actress and author of “The Munchkins of Oz,” told the Northwest Indiana Times, “Ruth was a sweetheart of a lady, feisty, independent, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.”
Born in Rush City, Minn., Robinson Duccini spent many years living in Los Angeles before moving to Arizona and, ultimately, Nevada. She appeared at several “Oz” events over the years, including the annual “Wizard of Oz” festival in Chesterton, and was a special guest of honor at the world premiere of the film in Imax 3D in September.
The 93-year-old Jerry Maren, who played a Lollipop Guild Munchkin in the film, is now the only surviving little person Munchkin.