Margaret Pelligrini, who played the flowerpot Munchkin and one of the sleepy head kids in the 1939 fantasy film Wizard Of Wiz, died at her home in Phoenix, Arizona home after suffering a stroke earlier in the week.
Born Margaret Williams in 1923, she appeared in the film at the age of 16.
Her death is significant to Oz fans, leaving only two remaining Munchkin actors still living – Jerry Maren, 93, and Ruth Duccini, 95.
Pelligrini was one of seven of the original Munchkins to attend an unveiling of a star in their honor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
“I met Margaret and the other Munchkins at their star ceremony, and they were all adorable. Margaret was the most adorable to me because she came in full costume and was just super-happy to be there and excited. She posed with the star and made the whole community and fans remember their childhoods,” Ana Martinez, Vice President of Media Relations at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce says.
As is tradition, a wreath bearing her name has been placed on the star on Hollywood Boulevard, by the Hollywood Historic Trust.
“The day we placed the flowers for her at the Munchkin’s star, there was a dog that look like a dead ringer for Toto–some coincidence,” Martinez says.
In an interview she gave in 2010, Pelligrini attributed her involvement in The Wizard of Oz to simple good fortune, and being “in the right place at the right time”.
“I have to pinch myself to see if it’s true that I really am famous,” she told the Northbrook Star.