The Wizard of Oz 3D Premiere Kicks off the Film’s 75th Anniversary

The Wizard of Oz 3D Premiere Kicks off the Film’s 75th Anniversary

On Sunday, September 15, 2013, The Wizard of Oz premiered for the first time ever in IMAX 3D at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It was a star-studded event as celebrities came to celebrate this iconic film’s 75th Anniversary. Special highlights included the appearance of Ruth Duccini, one of the two … Read more

From the Yellow Brick Road to the Walk of Fame

The Wizard of Oz Lahr Garland Bolger Haley 1939

Jerry Maren, one of the original Lollipop Guild munchkins, was honored with a hand-and-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, the same day the Wizard of Oz premiered for the first time in IMAX 3D. The film originally premiered in this theatre in 1939 as well. During the ceremony, Jerry … Read more

Judy and Mickey, Forever

Judy and Mickey forever

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney’s relationship started at a very young age when the two attended Hollywood High School together. However, the soon-to-be lifelong friends became much better acquainted in 1937, when they appeared together in the movie, Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry (Judy played Cricket West, a hopeful young actress with a big … Read more

Shirley Temple and Toto?

Shirley Temple and Toto

There have been many famous onscreen relationships between a child and his/her pet over the years, perhaps none so well-known as that between Dorothy and Toto in the iconic film, The Wizard of Oz. Who can forget the loyal Cairn Terrier, constantly by Dorothy’s side as they made their way through the … Read more

Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

Who doesn’t love Aunt Em? The scrappy Gale family matriarch ruled loved ones and farmhands alike with the same firm but loving authority. For any fan of The Wizard of Oz, it’s easy to remember her in the barnyard, admonishing Hunk, Zeke and Hickory to stop goofing and get back to work, … Read more

WHO was going to play Dorothy?

WHO was going to play Dorothy

It’s the same with all classic films. After seeing them a time or two, it becomes hard to imagine any other actors portraying your favorite characters. This is certainly true of The Wizard of Oz. Can anyone really picture anyone else playing Dorothy, The Wizard, Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, or Scarecrow? … Read more

Ray Bolger Had a Brain, as Well as a Brilliant Career

Ray Bolger had a brain, as well as a brilliant career

Raymond Wallace “Ray” Bolger was an American entertainer of stage and screen who, like virtually every other member of the cast of The Wizard of Oz, is best known for his work in that film. In Ray’s case, for his portrayal of the Scarecrow and Kansas farmworker Hunk. Ray, like Jack Haley, … Read more

King of the Jungle, and of His Craft as an Actor

King of the jungle, and of his craft as an actor

Bert Lahr was born Irving Lahrheim on August 13, 1895, in New York City. A hugely successful performer in burlesque, vaudeville, and on Broadway, he is best remembered today for his roles as the Cowardly Lion and Kansas farmworker Zeke in The Wizard of Oz. Like other star-struck youth of his generation, … Read more

Billie Burke, The Good Witch and an Equally Good Performer

Billie Burke, The Good Witch and an Equally Good Performer

Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, or “Billie” for short, began acting professionally in the early 20th century, but modern audiences primarily know her as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the much-beloved film, The Wizard of Oz. At the outset of her career, Billie appeared mostly on the Broadway stage. … Read more

More Wizard of Oz Fans Share Their Favorite Memories!

More Wizard of Oz Fans Share Their Favorite Memories

As far back as I can remember, I have loved Oz. The colors, the songs, Toto. I probably wore through several VHS tapes and put our DVD through its paces as a kid. I still remember the Tide commercial that was at the beginning of our VHS where kids were making costumes … Read more

Jack Haley Who Portrayed the Tin Man Lived a Heartfelt Life

Jack Haley who portrayed the Tin Man lived a heartfelt life

Regardless of how many films the cast members of The Wizard of Oz were in, they’re most often best remembered from their roles in this glorious film. And John Joseph “Jack” Haley who played both the Tin Man and the Kansas farmworker, Hickory, is no exception. Long before being cast as the … Read more

Which Witch Is the World’s Most Famous Witch?

Which witch is the world’s most famous witch?

Most would agree that the world’s most famous witch is the Wicked Witch of the West played by Margaret Hamilton in the movie. But Hamilton didn’t launch her acting career as the Wicked Witch of the West. Seven years before she was offered the role that would forever define her powerful public … Read more