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‘The Wizard of Oz’ and Beyond: Life for the Cast After the Yellow Brick Road

Life off the Yellow Brick Road could present challenges to Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr

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When you fall in love with a movie and its cast, like the world did with 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, there’s a tendency to lock the film and its performers in a little bubble inside your heart and imagination. You may know the cast, with Judy Garland leading them all, had private lives and careers that preceded and went on long after the film, but there’s also a part of us that forever thinks of them as those characters off to meet the Wizard.

And whatever course their lives took, the child in all of us remains eternally grateful to each and every one of them. Obviously, they couldn’t have known it at the time, but in that journey down the Yellow Brick Road to bring The Wizard of Oz to life, they achieved a bit of immortality for themselves and gave us the perfect means of traveling somewhere over the rainbow. Again and again.

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