Darkness abounds in The Wizard of Oz. The man originally cast to play the Tin Man, Buddy Ebsen, ended up in an iron lung after his silver make-up, made up of aluminium powder, got into his lungs. Wicked Witch Margaret Hamilton also spent time in the hospital, suffering second-degree burns on her face and third-degree burns on her hand. Once recovered, she returned to work under the proviso she would no longer have to work with fire. The burns on her legs never healed. It is said that as the trio began skipping down the road, the crane unfolded its wings defensively, casting a strange shadow in the background.
Wizard of Oz secrets: Dwarf orgies, drunken brawls, knives, flattened boobs and stars almost killed
Does 'The Wizard of Oz' Include a Munchkin Suicide?
The revelation that year-old Judy Garland was constantly groped by some of the Munchkins will come as no surprise to those who witnessed their wild antics. They were the residents of the surreal world of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz , but behind the scenes the adult dwarf actors were hard-drinking, sex-mad hellraisers. But the Hollywood legend appears to have taken their advances in her stride, even when they were at their most brazen. One of the actors hired by MGM as Munchkins for the movie tried to get the teenage starlet out on a date. They got smashed every night and the police would pick them up in butterfly nets. The poor things.
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CNN Jerry Maren, the last surviving munchkin from "The Wizard of Oz," died at 98 due to complications from congestive heart failure, according to his family. Maren died in his sleep on May 24 at a private home care residence in La Jolla, California, where he had been in hospice care for six months. Standing at 4 foot 3, he acted in over movies and TV shows over the past seventy years, but he is perhaps best remembered for his role in the classic "The Wizard of Oz. Born Gerard Marenghi in Boston on January 24, , he was the youngest of 11 children and took dancing and acting classes, his nephew said.
This sequence begins with Dorothy and the Scarecrow trying to pick fruit from the talking apple trees, encompasses their discovery of the rusted tin man and their encounter with the Wicked Witch of the West who tries to set the Scarecrow on fire , and ends with the trio heading off to Oz in search of the Wizard:. Now, rumor has it that a small munchkin can be spotted in the background. Now, when I saw this, I began to flip out.