Margaret “Margie” Raia, who as a 10-year-old girl played a Munchkin in the 1939 Hollywood classic “The Wizard of Oz,” died Aug. 17 in Port Richey, Fla., after suffering a brain seizure. She was 75.
Raia and her late brother, Matthew Raia, were among 124 people cast as Munchkins for a 10-minute scene in the film. While she was unrecognizable in the sea of Munchkin faces, her brother was featured prominently as a Munchkinland city father who welcomed Dorothy, played by Judy Garland.
One of four children of Italian immigrants, Margaret grew up on New York’s Long Island and moved to Port Richey 15 years ago with a sister and brother-in-law.