Short and Sweet: The Life and Times of the Lollipop Munchkin

Short and Sweet: The Life and Times of the Lollipop Munchkin


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Jerry Maren is perhaps the most famous little person alive. When he came from Boston to California’s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios to work as the Lollipop Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, he was just over three feet tall. Short and Sweet is his memoir of the sixty-plus-year career—from Superman to Seinfeld—in which he carved out his own niche in Hollywood.

Short and Sweet is a lavishly illustrated treasury of old Hollywood that will amaze and entertain anyone who loves popular culture. It features candid commentary, mostly unpublished photographs, and a tell-all attitude. Readers will learn such information as:

  • How Jerry Maren ended up in Hollywood to makeThe Wizard of Oz while still in his teens
  • Life on the set with Judy Garland and 120 little people
  • The truth about the rumors of drunken midget orgies and wild parties at the Culver Hotel
  • What it was like to work with the Marx Brothers and to have dinner at Groucho’s home
  • USO tours during World War II with the midget wrestling act
  • Being hired to dress as a baby and pee on Jimmy Stewart at the actor’s bachelor party
  • WatchingSuperman (George Reeves) plunge to the sound stage floor when a cable broke
  • Touring as Little Oscar in the Weinermobile, completely with its breakdowns on the highways
  • His experiences as Buster Brown on television in the 1950s
  • Working with the greats in radio and television: the Our Gang comedies, Red Skelton, Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball, Edgar Bergen, Andy Williams—even Tiny Tim
  • Appearances on The Beverly Hillbillies, Star Trek, Superman, Bewitched, The Odd Couple, Get Smart, Laugh-In, Night Court, Seinfeld, and many more
  • Performing at the White House dressed as Freddy the Frog
  • Heaches in the makeup chair on the set for The Planet of the Apes
  • Working with Ronald McDonald in scores of colorful McDonald’s commercials in the 1970s
  • Playing Mayor McCheese and the Hamburglar to millions of children
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781581825435
    Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
    Publication date: 06/28/2008
    Pages: 201
    Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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    Short and Sweet: The Life and Times of the Lollipop Munchkin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
    knahs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Great bio by the Lollipop Kid - Jerry Maren. Not only does he let us know what it was like to be a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz but how he made a career out of acting.
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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Is a beautiful tribute to one of the most famous Munchkins of all, the world is lucky to still have him - way to go Jerry! -Elaine