After failing to make the cut for the St. Louis Walk of Fame, Mickey Carroll was on hand yesterday in Los Angeles to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 88-year-old Carroll, along with six surviving Munchkins from the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz, accepted the award on behalf of all the midget actors who starred in the movie.
This summer Carroll and his caretaker, Linda Dodge, organized a campaign to earn the Bel-Nor resident similar recognition in his hometown of St. Louis. The effort failed last month when St. Louis Walk of Fame founder and owner of Blueberry Hill, Joe Edwards, announced that the 120-person selection committee did not give Carroll enough votes to earn a star on the sidewalks of the Delmar Loop.
Yesterday in Los Angeles, Carroll told ABC News: “We finally deserved one. After 70 years, the best picture ever made, the whole world saw this movie, and now we got our star.”
Omitted from that interview -- I presume -- was this quote from Carroll: “And Joe Edwards can now officially kiss my tiny ol’ wrinkled ass!”