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Oz Munchkins get Hollywood star
Former Munchkins
The Munchkins only made $125 a week while filming
Actors who played the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz have been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

Seven of the surviving stars, who played the inhabitants of Munchkinland, walked up a yellow carpet resembling the film's yellow brick road.

Former Munchkin Mickey Carroll, 88, said: "The movie is great because we all grew up with it... It never dies."

The 1939 film, starring Judy Garland, won two Oscars for its soundtrack.

"I'm as proud today as my mother would have been," said Garland's son, Joey Luft, who also attended the ceremony.

Seven of the nine surviving Munchkins, thought to be the only living actors from the musical movie classic, arrived at the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Munchkins secured their place in Hollywood history and in the hearts of movie fans everywhere
George Lucas

Dressed in green and blue costumes, the stars sang to the crowds as they pulled up outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre - where the film premiered 68 years ago.

"It feels great to be here," said Jerry Maren, 88, waving a lollipop to mark his role in the movie as a member of the Lollipop Guild.

"We love you, you have touched our hearts," added Carroll.

A total of 124 people and children were recruited to play Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.

Tuesday's honour was the result of a campaign led by a Chicago cinema owner who was amazed to learn the stars had not been recognised on the Walk of Fame.

Directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were among those who added their support to the campaign.

"With their joyous send-off for Dorothy as she began her journey down the Yellow Brick Road, the Munchkins secured their place in Hollywood history and in the hearts of movie fans everywhere," said Lucas in a letter.



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