Clarence Swensen as Munchkin Soldier from The Wizard of Oz Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo COA DECEASED
~~Great looking autographed photo by DECEASED "Munchkin"...Clarence Swensen.
Clarence Swensen signed this photo with a light blue sharpie and also added, "Munchkin soldier" beneath his name. He also drew a little arrow to where he is actually standing in the picture. This great looking photograph shows a large number of the 120+ Munchkins that they used to make the movie.
Clarence was born in Austin, Texas on December 29, 1917.
Actor - filmography Wizard of Oz, The (1939) (uncredited) .... Soldier Terror of Tiny Town, The (1938) (uncredited) .... Preacher
Himself - filmography (2000s) (1990s) Memories of Oz (2001) (TV) (as Clarence Swensen) .... Himself I Married a Munchkin (1994) (as Clarence Swenson) .... Himself We're Off to See the Munchkins (1993) (V) (as Clarence Swensen)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Clarence Swensen (December 29, 1917 – February 26, 2009) was an American actor and was one of the last surviving munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
He died on February 25, 2009.
From the Bob Banta of the Austin-American Statesman February 26, 2009...
Former Munchkin Dies at 91
Clarence Swensen of Pflugerville, one of the Munchkins in the 1939 motion picture “The Wizard of Oz,” died Wednesday at 91.
He had been in ill health since suffering a a stroke in 2005.
Swensen was one of nine surviving members of the 125 Munchkins in the movie classic who were feted at a ceremony in November 2007 when a star in their honor was installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I feel very honored,,” Swensen told the Austin American- Statesman in 2007 prior to boarding a flight to Los Angeles for the ceremony. “I never thought we’d get a star.”
Swensen, who became an electronics technician after his entertainment career grew up in Austin.
Swensen said it never occurred to him when he was a boy living near Ridgetop School in what was then North Austin during the 1920s that he would enter show business. He was not allowed to attend Austin public schools until he was 9 years old because of his size. Eventually, he reached the height of 4 feet 6Â¾ inches.
But in the late 1930s he joined a troupe called The Stanley R. Graham All Midget Circus, which performed at the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas. His job with the circus eventually led to an offer from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer officials to be a Munchkin at a salary of $700.
In his 2007 Statesman interview, Swensen said the most astonishing experience he could recall was walking onto the enormous, colorful, and multi-tiered set the studio had erected to depict “Munchkin Land.”
“It was huge,” Swensen said. “And we worked hard - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. - but it was fun.”
The word, "MCVIKES" will not appear on your photo. This autographed photo was placed inside a plastic page, the label was placed on top of the plastic page and this photo was then scanned. If you buy it, you will like it.
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