Margaret Pellegrini in June 2006
September 23, 1923
Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||August 7, 2013 (aged 89)|
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
|Years active||1939, 1971|
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. Until her death in 2013, she was one of the three surviving munchkins, the other two being Jerry Maren and Ruth Robinson Duccini.
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
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,
Pellegrini died on August 7, 2013, in Glendale, Arizona, due to complications from a stroke she suffered two days earlier. She was 89. She was cremated and her remains were given to her family.
|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|
|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|
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