Celebrity deaths in 2014 - In Memoriam (Photos)

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37 of 192: Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie 'The Wizard of Oz,' has died. She was 89.
Pellegrini suffered a stroke Monday at her Glendale home and died Wednesday at a Phoenix-area hospital, said Ted Bulthaup, a Woodbridge, Ill., resident who owns a Chicago theater where Pellegrini and other Munchkins have made special appearances. Bulthaup said he learned of Pellegrini's death from her relatives.
With her death, only two of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie are still alive.
Pellegrini has said she was 16 when 'The Wizard of Oz' was filmed. She played one of the 'sleepy head' kids and wore a flowerpot on her head in the movie.
The surviving Munchkins are Jerry Maren, 93, who lives in Los Angeles, and Ruth Duccini, 95, who lives in Phoenix, Bulthaup said.
(Pictured: Original Munchkins Karl Slover and Margaret Pellegrini attend the 'Wizard of Oz' 70th Anniversary Emerald Gala at Tavern on the Green in New York, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009.) (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

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