|Born||Ruth L. Robinson
July 23, 1918
Rush City, Minnesota, U.S.
|Years active||1939, 1981|
|Known for||Last surviving female Munchkin (The Wizard of Oz)|
(1943-1994) (his death)
Ruth Duccini (born July 23, 1918) is an American actress and one of the last two surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the other being Jerry Maren; Duccini is thus the last surviving female from the film and also the oldest. Her role in the film as a Munchkin villager was not credited. Her most recent appearance was when she (along with the other surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz) was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 21, 2007.
During World War II, Duccini worked on airplanes in a defense plant. She stated of the experience "The one thing that I’m most proud of, during the Second World War, I worked on airplanes in a defense plant. I was a Rosie the Riveter. I’m really proud of that."
Duccini made the news again when Baroness Margaret Thatcher died and critics of the former Prime Minister tried to propel "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" on the radio charts to celebrate her passing. Duccini and Maren both called the campaign "terrible" and were saddened by the movement while insisting the song was never to be used in such a way.
- Duccini and other surviving Munchkins receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Ramin, Setoodeh (03/08/2013). "Meet Ruth Duccini, a Munchkin From ‘The Wizard of Oz’". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 08/07/2013.
- "Mickey Carroll, A Munchkin From The 1939 Classic Film ‘The Wizard Of Oz,’ Dies At 89". Access Hollywood. Retrieved 08/07/2013.
- McDermott, Kerry (04/13/2013). "Wizard of Oz munchkins slam protesters for using film song Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead to mock Thatcher’s death". Mail Online. Retrieved 08/07/2013.
- Ruth Duccini at the Internet Movie Database
- The Wizard of Oz' Special Screening Honoring the Munchkins Photo Gallery
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