Terry with Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, 1939
November 17, 1933|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 1, 1945
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Notable role||Rags in Bright Eyes
Toto in The Wizard of Oz
Terry (November 17, 1933 – September 1, 1945) was a Cairn Terrier whose most famous role was Toto in the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939). She appeared in 15 different movies but was only credited in that one, though not as Terry but as Toto.
Life and career
Terry, born in the midst of the Great Depression, was trained and owned by Carl Spitz. Her first film appearance was in Ready For Love which was released on November 30, 1934 roughly one month before her first major film appearance, with Shirley Temple, in 1934's Bright Eyes as Rags. Terry, who did her own stunts, almost lost her life during the filming of The Wizard of Oz when one of the Winkie guards accidentally stepped on her, breaking her foot. She spent two weeks recuperating at Judy Garland's residence, and Garland developed a close attachment to her. Garland wanted to adopt her, but Spitz refused. Terry's salary, $125 per week, was more than that of many human actors in the film, and also more than many working Americans at the time. She attended the premiere of The Wizard of Oz at Grauman's Chinese Theater; because of the popularity of the film, her name was changed to Toto in 1942. Her last film was Tortilla Flat (1942), in which she was reunited with Oz director, Victor Fleming, and Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard.
Terry was the mother of Rommy, another movie Cairn terrier, who appeared in other films including Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and Airforce (1943).
Terry died aged 11 of old age in Hollywood on September 1, 1945 and was buried at Spitz's ranch in Studio City, Los Angeles. The grave was destroyed during the construction of the Ventura Freeway in 1958.
- Ready for Love (1934)
- Bright Eyes (1934)
- The Dark Angel (1935)
- Fury (1936)
- The Buccaneer (1938)
- Stablemates (1938)
- The Wizard of Oz (1939) - only credited role (credited as Toto)
- The Women (1939)
- Bad Little Angel (1939)
- Calling Philo Vance (1940)
- Son of the Navy (1940)
- Cinderella's Feller (1940)
- The Chocolate Soldier (1941)
- Twin Beds (1942)
- George Washington Slept Here (1942)
- Tortilla Flat (1942)
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