March 20, 1988
The story of the search for Dorothy's ruby slippers is a delight to all movie buffs. I used to haunt the hills of Forest Lawn in Glendale looking for the final repose of past Hollywood legends. Imagine my surprise when one day, while tramping through the oldest section of the cemetery, I stumbled upon the tomb of L. Frank Baum (author of the "Oz" series) and his wife. All this time I had thought he was buried in Kansas. STEPHEN M. CHAPOT Los Angeles
March 8, 2013 |
For sale: one used lion costume. But we're not talking just any lion costume. Archivist James Comisar owns one of the largest archives of television artifacts, with about 10,000 individual objects. Now he's looking for a new home for the iconic Cowardly Lion costume designed by Gilbert Adrian and worn by Bert Lahr during all the "mane" sequences in the beloved 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz. " This may be the perfect time to pique collectors' interest in the costume because of the opening Friday of Sam Raimi's big-budget "Oz the Great and Powerful," which tells the story of how the wizard came to take up residence in the Emerald City.
December 27, 2012
What's the South Winkie Get Together? It's an informal conference and lunch for the local branch of the International Wizard of Oz Club . On Jan. 12, they'll be meeting in Irvine to celebrate all aspects of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and the books that followed. The International Wizard of Oz Club was founded in 1957 by a 13-year-old who loved the Wizard of Oz. For a $1 annual membership, he distributed a newsletter called the Baum Bugle. The organization became more formal as it got older - it's now an official nonprofit - but it is chiefly a place for fans to share their enthusiasm.
January 19, 1992 |
In an era when videos are king, children's bookstores that focus on children's books are a real treasure. Books of Wonder is the largest children's bookstore in New York City, and founders Peter Glassman and James Carey, along with "Cheers" producers Les Charles and James Burrows, opened the West Coast version in October. What makes this store so wondrous is its sense of history--it's hard to imagine that anything in children's literature is forgotten here.
October 5, 2006
In "The Wiz," Dorothy and friends brought a Tony Award-winning 1970s urban beat to the Land of Oz. Now the musical based on L. Frank Baum's classic, with book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, gets a 21st century re-envisioning from director Des McAnuff and original "Wiz" orchestrator Harold Wheeler, reflecting cultural changes since the show's original Broadway debut decades ago. David Alan Grier is the Wiz to Nikki M.
January 16, 2014 |
Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last members of the troupe of diminutive actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday after a brief illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, said her son, Fred Duccini. She was 95. The actress, who lived for many years in Los Angeles before moving to Arizona and later Nevada, was one of 124 "little people," then called midgets, who appeared with Judy Garland in the musical fantasy based on the novel by L. Frank Baum.
March 11, 2013 |
It's not long, Mark Twain's “Advice to Little Girls,” a bit of satire written in 1865 and newly reissued as a picture book (Enchanted Lion: 20 pp., $14.95), with a suite of charming, broad-stroke illustrations by Vladimir Radunsky . But it is sharp, a pointed set of admonitions urging girls to think for themselves, which is a message as essential today as it was a century-and-a-half ago. “Good little girls,” Twain begins, “ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense.