Surviving Cast of "The Wizard of Oz" - as of June 2018

by BWRocks | created - 21 May 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

This list includes all of the surviving cast & crew of "The Wizard of Oz" as of June 2018. I have also notated their specific role(s) and where each of them can be seen in the film. Over the years I have been in touch with everyone on this list. They are all wonderful people and so talented.

I've also included links to articles and interviews and pictures for each person on this list so make sure you read the notes if you have further interest or are looking for more information and resources.

The most recent passings of the cast are: Jerry Maren (98) who passed away on May 24, 2018, Dorothy Barrett (101) who also passed away in May 2018 and Shep Houghton who passed away in December 2016 at the age of 102 (although his death was not widely reported until more than a year later). They were all extremely talented actors and will be greatly missed. As of 2011, Ms. Elaine Mirk was reportedly living. Ms. Mirk played a child munchkin (IMDb does not have a page for her). TCM lists another child munchkin by the name of Viola White (she also does not have a page on IMDb). According to several people that I have spoken to it is unconfirmed if either lady is living, however a majority believe that sadly neither one is.

Although this list is the most accurate and up-to-date, you can also check the FAQs page on IMDb for survivors of the movie; I created it 3 years ago after Ms. Ruth Duccini passed away: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/faq?ref_=tt_faq_sm#.2.1.15.

1. Priscilla Montgomery

Actress | Time Out for Lessons

Priscilla Montgomery was born on July 19, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Time Out for Lessons (1939), Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Aladdin's Lantern (1938).

Munchkin (child) - played a munchkin villager, can be seen on the yellow brick road

Here is a link to a picture of Ms. Montgomery looking stunning at the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz": http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Priscilla+Montgomery/ Wizard+Oz+3D+Screening+LA/0eT5zxY6XDj

2. Joan Kenmore

The Wizard of Oz

Joan Kenmore was born on November 3, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joan Barbara Kenmore. She is an actress, known for The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Munchkin (child) - played a munchkin villager, can be seen in the background outside of one of the little huts with the other munchkins around her, wearing a decorative flowerpot hat

Here is a 2011 article with Ms. Kenmore: http://patch.com/california/lagunaniguel-danapoint/life-beyond-the-yellow-brick-road

3. Ardith Dondanville

The Wizard of Oz

Ardith Dondanville was born in 1930 in California, USA. She is an actress, known for The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Munchkin (child) - played a munchkin villager, can be seen in the background with the other munchkin villagers

Note: here is an interesting and fairly recent video interview with Ms. Dondanville Todd (from 2016): http://www.galesburg.com/article/20160520/video/305209998

4. Betty Ann Bruno

The Wizard of Oz

Betty Ann Bruno was born on May 4, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Munchkin (child) - played a munchkin villager, can be seen waving from one of the huts

Note: here is an interesting interview with Ms. Bruno from '12 http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Betty-Ann-Bruno-says-hello-to-hula-again-3382950.php

5. Valerie Lee

Actress | Time Out for Lessons

Valerie Lee was born on December 14, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lois Valerie Shepard. She is an actress, known for Time Out for Lessons (1939), Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (1943).

Munchkin (child) - played a munchkin villager, can be seen in the crowd with the other munchkins outside the huts

Here is an old Web page about Ms. Lee Shepard: http://www.mar-ken.org/biossz/shepardv.html

6. Ambrose Schindler

The Wizard of Oz

Ambrose Schindler was born on April 21, 1917 in Mission Hills, California, USA as Parks Ambrose Schindler. He is an actor, known for The Wizard of Oz (1939), Sailor's Lady (1940) and Yesterday's Heroes (1940). He was previously married to Lucille Frances West.

Winkie Guard & Mr. Haley's stunt-double (dual role) - Dressed as the Tin Man, he can be seen holding onto the Cowardly Lion's tail as the group climbs the mountain up to the Witch's castle to rescue Dorothy

Here is a link to a '11 article about Mr. Shindler: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/10/sports/la-sp-crowe-20110711

7. Caren Marsh

Actress | Secrets of a Sorority Girl

She began her career as a radio actress and professional dancer in 1937 shortly after her graduation from Hollywood High School. In 1939 she was signed under contract to MGM Studios and appeared as a dance stand in for Judy Garland in 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939). She later became a free lance actress...

Stand-in for Ms. Garland - Not to be confused with Ms. Bobbie Koshay (who was "Dorothy's" on-camera stand-in and body-double), Ms. Marsh-Doll was the off-camera stand-in for Ms. Garland, and participated in some of the dance routines.

Here is a link to a very rare picture of Ms. Marsh-Doll on the set made up as Dorothy: http://www.moviestillsdb.com/movies/the-wizard-of-oz-i32138/TSp5vf



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