The Wizard Of Oz
Judy Garland’s Minnesota hometown is preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” the film that made her a star. For the 39th consecutive year, the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, in northern Minnesota, will hold a weeklong festival June 10-15.
Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. She was 95. With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive.
In this week’s “Season of Hope,” WCCO takes a trip back to Westbrook. In October, WCCO’s John Lauritsen went to a fund-raiser for Kate Jorgenson, an 11-year-old girl who lost her left arm in a farming accident last summer. On one of the snowiest nights of the year, WCCO’s John Lauritsen returned to deliver a big surprise to Kate and her family.
Grab some lucky shoes and follow the yellowbrick road — a new production of “The Wizard of Oz” opens this week at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
John Kelsch has helped put Grand Rapids on the map by celebrating the life of its biggest star – Judy Garland. Some say “The Wizard of Oz” is the most-watched film of all time. “Three-and-a-half billion people have seen ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” Kelsch said. This feat makes Grand Rapids’ native Garland – born Frances Gumm…
There are any number of reasons why The Wizard of Oz endures in American pop culture. It remains many kids’ first memorable movie. Flying monkeys have probably figured into more nightmares than Hannibal Lechter, Freddy Krueger and Pennywise combined.
The blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz” has a new home. An auction house in Beverly Hills, California sold for $480,000 over the weekend.