Margaret Pellegrini

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Margaret Pellegrini
Margaret Pellegrini.jpg
Margaret Pellegrini in June 2006
Born
Margaret Williams

(1923-09-23)September 23, 1923
DiedAugust 7, 2013(2013-08-07) (aged 89)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • vaudevillian performer
  • dancer
Years active1939, 1971
Spouse(s)Willie Pellegrini
Children2
From left: Jerry Maren (Lollipop Guild), Karl Slover, Clarence Swensen and Margaret Pellegrini (1998)

Margaret Pellegrini (née Williams; September 23, 1923 – August 7, 2013) was an American actress, vaudeville performer and dancer, best known for playing one of the Munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.[1][2] Until her death in 2013, she was one of the three surviving munchkins, the other two being Jerry Maren and Ruth Robinson Duccini.[3]

Biography[edit]

She was born Margaret Williams in Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S. When she was helping a relative in a potato chip booth at the Tennessee State Fair, a group of little people came by and asked if she wanted to join their show, Henry Kramer's Midgets. "At that time I didn't think I was a midget," says Pellegrini (who then stood about 3 ft 4 in (1.02 m)). In the film, Pellegrini played a "sleepyhead" flower pot and Munchkin villager. After the film, she married Willie Pellegrini (an average-sized ex-fighter) and had two children. Through the years, Pellegrini frequently appeared at surviving Munchkins of Oz festivities.

Munchkins Walk of fame[edit]

She was present on November 21, 2007, when the remaining Munchkins were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also named the Grand Marshal of this year's annual "Oz-Stravaganza" parade in Chittenango, New York, but health issues prevented her from attending. Near the time of her death, she was described as a widowed great-great grandmother living in Glendale, Arizona, with a room in her house devoted to her treasured Oz collectibles. She was survived by daughter Margaret, grandchildren William III, Anna, Juliette, Joe, Vincent, and Dawnelle Mowrey. Great grandchildren are: Anthony, Ashley, Barbara, Cheryl, Dalyn, Elizabeth, Heaven, Kaylee, and Shayla, and one great-great grandchild Sejla,

Death[edit]

Pellegrini died on August 7, 2013, in Glendale, Arizona, due to complications from a stroke she suffered two days earlier.[3] She was 89.[4] She was cremated and her remains were given to her family.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1939 The Wizard of Oz Munchkin Villager/Sleepyhead Uncredited
1971 Johnny Got His Gun
1990 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic Acknowledgement credit
1993 We're Off to See the Munchkins
1994 I Married a Munchkin Sleepyhead
1997 Biography Herself 1 episode
2001 Memories of Oz
2005 Entertainment Tonight 1 episode
Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz
2009 The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond Herself/Munchkin also Special Thanks credit
Hollywood Celebrates Its Biggest Little Stars! Herself
2013 The Making of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated, The. "Oz "munchkin" comes to Kansas". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  2. ^ Margaret Pellegrini - IMDb
  3. ^ a b "Margaret Pellegrini dies at 89; actress played Munchkin in 'Oz'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Herbert, Geoff (2013-08-09). "Oz Museum in Chittenango holding remembrance event for Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini". Syracuse.com. Syracuse Media Group. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  5. ^ Margaret Pellegrini at Find a Grave

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