Living Cast of "The Wizard of Oz" - as of May 2020 - UPDATED

by BWRocks | created - 21 May 2016 | updated - 28 May 2020 | Public

This list includes all of the living cast and crew of "The Wizard of Oz" as of May 27, 2020.

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 very talented.

I've also included links for each person on this list (with interviews and pictures and more info about them) so make sure you read the notes if you have further interest or are looking for more resources (this section with the links has been updated as of May 2020).

Please be aware that sometimes a person listed may pass away and their passing may not be reported in the media (or on IMDb) for several months. My lists are the only ones you will see that are updated on a regular basis (with the month and the year when they were last updated in the title) which include factual information that I personally check and confirm. But if you see a passing with a date prior to May 27, 2020 for anyone on this list that is because their passing was not reported until well passed May 2020. As a film and television historian I receive notes all the time from the loved ones of actors (and crew members) that have passed away and I appreciate their help tremendously. 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 may also check the FAQs page on IMDb for the living cast and crew; I created it in 2014 after Ms. Ruth Duccini (who was the final dwarf lady munchkin living) passed away: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/faq?ref_=tt_faq_sm#.2.1.15.

My lists have been published in magazines and news articles around the world and on many other Web sites. You're welcome to copy this list as well (please give me credit if you do). And, if you wish to see my most recent updates that are the most accurate, be sure to bookmark my profile page on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur22905245/?ref_=nv_usr_prof_0. Thank you for making this my most viewed list.

1. Priscilla Montgomery

Actress | Aladdin's Lantern

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

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. 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 on January 26, 1930 in Los Angeles, 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

Here's a recent picture of Ms. Dondanville Todd (from 2016): http://www.galesburg.com/article/20160520/video/305209998

4. Betty Ann Bruno

Self | To Tell the Truth

Betty Ann Bruno was born on May 4, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for To Tell the Truth (2016).

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

This is a wonderful 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. She is an actress, known for Time Out for Lessons (1939), Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (1943).

Note: It is unconfirmed if Ms. Lee Shepard is living. (She is the only person of the 6 people on this list that is unconfirmed.)

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. Caren Marsh

Actress | Secrets of a Sorority Girl

Caren Morris was born in Los Angeles. Her sister, actress Dorothy Morris, was born Feb. 23, 1922. Getting into show business in 1937, Caren changed her name to Marsh because "there were too many people named Morris at the time." Caren's parents wanted her to go to college but she wanted to be a ...

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 are some lovely pictures of Ms. Marsh-Doll from 2018: https://artduckobooko.com/blog/visiting-caren-marsh-doll/

And here's a link to get more info (and order if you're interested) Ms. Marsh-Doll's fascinating autobiography: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/hollywoods-babe-dancing-through-oz-hardcover-edition-by-caren-marsh-doll



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