Jerry Wasn’t the Last One …
The last of the Lollipop Guild might have fallen this week with the death of ‘Wizard of Oz‘ star Jerry Maren — but there are still living Munchkins out there … ’cause we talked to one.
Joan Kenmore was cast as one of the Munchkins in the 1939 film, but didn’t have a speaking role in the “We Wish to Welcome You to Munchkin Land” scene … when Dorothy met Jerry and all the other Munchkins.
She says she heard about Jerry’s failing health last year from author Stephen Cox, who chronicled the little actors’ on-set memories in his book, ‘The Munchkins Remember.’
Technically Joan wan’t a member of the Lollipop Guild — she’s not a little person, she was just a little 6-year-old during filming. She’s a spry 86 now, and says her kids still get a kick out of watching her brief appearance in the Emerald City.
TMZ broke the story … Jerry passed away over a week ago at a San Diego nursing facility. He was the last living dwarf actor from the movie.