Memories of A Munchkin
An Illustrated Walk Down the Yellow Brick RoadUnknown - 2005
In this deluxe, lavishly illustrated, hardcover edition, one of the last surviving cast members of THE WIZARD OF OZ reveals his life story and shares his memories of making that beloved Hollywood classic. Born into a family of German dairy farmers, Meinhardt Raabe grew up in Farmington, Wisconsin. In 1934, he was hired to participate in a special Midget Village exhibit at the World's Fair in Chicago, and this was followed by years of appearing at other fairs and exhibitions. In 1938, he heard that MGM was going to make a movie with Judy Garland and they wanted as many little people as they could find, and through an agent, he was cast in the film. What follows is his own account of life as a Munchkin on the set of THE WIZARD OF OZ: enduring tough auditions, watching as the glorious Munchkinland set was built, putting up with long days of rehearsal, being costumed by legendary MGM designer Adrian, hob-knobbing on the set with the stars, witnessing various mishaps during filming, being visited on the set by curious Hollywood royalty such as Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable, and much more. Little Oscar, spokesman for the Oscar Mayer Company; his charity work and his role as advocate and kindred spirit to Little People everywhere. This is a charming, humorous and inspiring memoir that no WIZARD OF OZ fan will want to miss.
Publisher: New York : Back Stage Books, 2005.
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 RAABE M
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
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