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Munchkins Follow Yellow Brick Road to Very Own Hollywood Star

A Hollywood star for the Wizard of Oz Munchkins? Even for the scarecrow it was a no-brainer!

Nearly 70 years after starring as munchkins in the wizard of oz, the residents of munchkin land finally got their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In true Hollywood style, surrounded by adoring fans, the munchkins arrived at the ceremony on a horse drawn carriage.

Seven of the original munchkins, now in their 80's and 90's, were in attendance.

Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini told those attending Tuesday's event, "I thank all of you for coming to see us and keeping the Wizard of Oz going."

But getting a star proved to be no small task.

The munchkins' faced about as many obstacles as Dorothy did on her way to emerald city.

That was until a Chicago movie theater owner started a campaign to help.

Ted Bulthaup said, "I started calling my friends at the studios where we get our movies from and got some great people to help us in the campaign."

Little people were cast to play the munchkins.

Each was paid just $60.00 a week.

That's less than half of what was paid to the dog that played Toto.

But for 87 year-old Jerry Maren and the others, the money didn't seem to matter much.

Because somewhere over the rainbow lies a shimmering star on Hollywood boulevard. 

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