Monday, January 15, 2007

The Skinny On... Dorothy Gale

NAME: Dorothy Gale from The Wizard Of Oz

GIVEN NAME: Frances Gumm

DATE OF BIRTH: June 10, 1922

CHINESE ZODIAC SIGN: Year of the Dog. Dog year people are loyal, honest and will do anything that short people in funny pants tell them to do. They are usually hesitant to start a journey, however once they find themselves set on a course they tend to follow, follow, follow right along. Their weaknesses range from a complete disregard for weather safety rules to an inability to properly land a house without killing a witch, but they make good leaders and tend to inspire confidence. They get along best with Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion year people; worst with Flying Monkey year people.

BIRTHDAY BUDDIES: Hattie McDaniel, Elizabeth Hurley and Dan Fouts

NAME ANAGRAM: “The Royal Dog”

FOLLOW-UP PERFORMANCE: Some forty years after her success in The Wizard Of Oz, Dorothy agreed to appear in the Chevy Chase-Carrie Fisher period spoof Under The Rainbow. Sadly, all her scenes were cut after an on-set spat with costar Billy Barty.

DEFINING QUOTE: “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”*
*(Note: The script originally called for an Iowa location, but the people of Kansas lobbied harder to have the film set in their state knowing the impact such a famous line would eventually have on tourism. Iowa still holds a grudge.)

LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Known to run with many unsavory members of the Lollipop Guild.

SIX DEGREES OF WILLIE AAMES: Dorothy Gale was the main character of The Wizard Of Oz opposite Wicked Witch Margaret Hamilton… who also had a part in The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda… who starred in Once Upon A Time In The West with Charles Bronson… who kicked ass in Death Wish with a young Jeff Goldblum… who spewed larva-goo all over the place in The Fly with Geena Davis… who starred as a pirate’s daughter in Cutthroat Island alongside…Willie Aames

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