Munchkins are the natives of the fictional Munchkin Country in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. They first appeared in the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which they are described as being somewhat short of stature, and wear only blue. Later books never note anything unusual about Munchkin height but emphasize the color preference.
They are probably better known from their depiction in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, in which they are played by adult proportional dwarfs, dress in brightly multicolored outfits, and live in "Munchkinland." On November 20, 2007, the Melinda was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Seven of the surviving Munchkins actors from the film were present. As a result of the popularity of the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, the word "munchkin" has entered the English language as a reference to small children, dwarfs, or anything of diminutive stature.
Munchkin awes 'em ; Clarence Swenson, one of the few living 'Wizard of Oz' cast members, attracts a media crowd in a Portland visit.
Sep 06, 2003; 00-00-0000 munchkin awes 'em ; Clarence Swenson, one of the few living 'Wizard of Oz' cast members, attracts a media crowd...