Ruth Duccini was the last of the original female Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Uncredited, Duccini, who was four feet tall, played one of 124 Munchkin townspeople in the 1939 classic. There is now only one surviving Munchkin, Jerry Maren.
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Thursday 03 January 2013
Hormel Foods has agreed to acquire the United States peanut butter brand Skippy from Unilever, the consumer goods giant, for $700m (£430m) cash, in an attempt to capitalise on rising demand for the spread overseas.
Friday 23 November 2012
Has the apple fallen far from the tree?
Thursday 08 November 2012
Liberal states support plans to recognise same-sex unions and recreational drug use
Thursday 01 November 2012
The Tampa rally over yesterday, reporters travelling with Governor Romney were herded on to the candidate's plane. But if they were frazzled by more than a year on the trail, there was help from top Romney aide Stuart Stephens, who handed out packets of pills. "David Cameron asked me to give you this," he said, spotting the man from The Independent. The six little capsules were nothing more than vitamins, he assured me. Duly ingested.
Thursday 11 October 2012
When Al Spx sings away from the mic, her earthy vocal carries through the airy nave, proving this a fine match of venue and performer: a cavernous church, with its hard, cramped pews, and the stark spirituality of this Canadian singer/songwriter.
Thursday 28 June 2012
US government attempts to extradite from Britain a man accused of child sex crimes were blocked by the High Court today.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Senior judges are seeking assurances from the US government that a man facing extradition accused of child sex crimes will not be placed on a controversial sex offenders treatment programme.
Sunday 12 February 2012
Out of America: The Republican frontrunner can't seem to win over the party faithful
Friday 10 February 2012
Tippi Hedren's career was destroyed by the British director's obsession. Yet there was an upside, she tells Geoffrey Macnab
Wednesday 08 February 2012
A stunning mutiny by evangelical and conservative Republicans punctured the tyres of the supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney in last night’s trio of nomination contests and instead gave a sudden and barely expected jolt of adrenalin to the staunch social conservative in the race, Rick Santorum.
Saturday 21 January 2012
If Etta James's life had not been weighed down with personal problems, mostly bad management, ghastly lovers, obesity, incarceration and heroin addiction, she would have been acclaimed as a remarkable female soul singer alongside Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Tina Turner. Her fans know how good she is but the general public in the UK only know her for her Top 10 single, the gritty and sensuous "I Just Want To Make Love To You", recorded in 1960 but a hit through a TV ad in 1996.
Wednesday 16 November 2011
This week an unknown US author, Amanda Hocking, joins an elite literary club alongside just 11 others – including Stieg Larsson, James Patterson and Nora Roberts – by racking up her millionth Kindle sale. Unknown is, of course, a relative term in this case (no one can shift that many books by remaining anonymous) but Hocking is unusual because she has sold all of her books via Amazon's electronic Kindle reader. Entirely self-published, her first physical book does not reach traditional bookshops until January.
Wednesday 16 November 2011
A self-publishing fantasy writer has become an e-book phenomenon
Saturday 03 September 2011
A boy who hit an ice hockey puck into a tiny hole from the rink's centre line 27 metres away has been denied $50,000 prize money, because his identical 11-year-old twin brother bought the ticket that allowed him to take the shot.
Monday 15 August 2011
What could be worse than the further reaches of the congressional Republican Party bringing the United States to within hours of default? Answer (for now): the prospect of the arch-conservative Republican representative from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann, winning her party's nomination to run for president. Worse even than Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and running mate in 2008 of the defeated John McCain? Quite probably – because she comes across as a more competent politician. She cannot be dismissed so easily as a Tea Party movement "flake".
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