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February 28th, 2009 2:36pm EST favorite Add to My News
The Wizard Of OzClarence Swensen, one of the last remaining Wizard Of Oz munchkins, has died at the age of 91. The actor, who died on Wednesday, had been in poor health since suffering a a stroke in 2005.

He was one of nine surviving members of the 125 Munchkins from the 1939 movie classic.

Swensen and his co-stars were feted at a ceremony in November 2007, when a Munchkins star was installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He grew up in Austin, Texas, where he was not allowed to attend public schools until he was nine - because of his size - and became a movie star, contracted to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in the late 1930s after he was discovered as part of The Stanley R. Graham All Midget Circus.

Flowers were placed on the Munchkins' Walk of Fame star on Friday to mark Swensen's death.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)




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