Margaret Pellegrini

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Margaret Pellegrini
Margaret Pellegrini.jpg
Margaret Pellegrini in June 2006
BornMargaret Williams
(1923-09-23)September 23, 1923
Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.
DiedAugust 7, 2013(2013-08-07) (aged 89)
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Cause of death
Stroke
Resting place
Cremation
OccupationActress
Years active1939, 1971
Spouse(s)Willie Pellegrini
ChildrenMargaret Jo Pellegrini
William Joseph Pellegrini, Jr.
 
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Margaret Pellegrini
Margaret Pellegrini.jpg
Margaret Pellegrini in June 2006
BornMargaret Williams
(1923-09-23)September 23, 1923
Tuscumbia, Alabama, U.S.
DiedAugust 7, 2013(2013-08-07) (aged 89)
Glendale, Arizona, U.S.
Cause of death
Stroke
Resting place
Cremation
OccupationActress
Years active1939, 1971
Spouse(s)Willie Pellegrini
ChildrenMargaret Jo Pellegrini
William Joseph Pellegrini, Jr.

Margaret Pellegrini (September 23, 1923 – August 7, 2013) was an American actress, vaudeville performer and dancer, best known for playing one of the munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.[1][2] Until her death in 2013, she was one of the three surviving munchkins, the other two being Jerry Maren and Ruth Robinson Duccini.

Biography[edit]

She was born Margaret Williams in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was helping a relative in a potato chip booth at the Tennessee State Fair, a group of little people came by and asked if she wanted to join their show, Henry Kramer's Midgets. "At that time I didn't think I was a midget," says Pellegrini (who then stood about 3 ft 4 in (1.02 m)). In the film, Pellegrini played a "sleepyhead" flower pot and Munchkin villager. After the film, she married Willie Pellegrini (an average-sized ex-fighter) and had two children. Through the years, Pellegrini frequently appeared at surviving Munchkins of Oz festivities.

Munchins Walk of fame[edit]

She was present on November 21, 2007 when the remaining Munchkins were given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also named the Grand Marshal of this year's annual "Oz-Stravaganza" parade in Chittenango, New York, but health issues prevented her from attending. Near the time of her death, she was described as a widowed great-great grandmother living in Glendale, Arizona, with a room in her house devoted to her treasured Oz collectibles. She was survived by daughter Margaret, grandchildren William III, Anna, Juliette, Joe, Vincent, and Dawnelle Mowrey. Great grandchildren are: Anthony, Ashley, Barbara, Cheryl, Dalyn, Elizabeth, Heaven, Kaylee, and Shayla, and one great-great grandchild Sejla,

Death[edit]

Pellegrini died on August 7, 2013, in Glendale, Arizona, of complications from a stroke she had 2 days earlier. She was 89. She was cremated and her remains were given to her family.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated, The. "Oz "munchkin" comes to Kansas". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ Margaret Pellegrini - IMDb
  3. ^ Herbert, Geoff (2013-08-09). "Oz Museum in Chittenango holding remembrance event for Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini". Syracuse.com (Syracuse Media Group). Retrieved 2013-08-09. 

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