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Slover was born Karl Kosiczky in what is now the Czech Republic and he was the only child in his family to be dwarf sized.

“In those uninformed days, his father tried witch doctor treatments to make him grow,” Mr. Fricke said. “Knowing Karl and his triumph over his early life, you can’t help but celebrate the man at a time like this.”

Slover was paid $50 a week for the movie and told friends that Garland’s dog in the movie, “Toto,” made more money.

The surviving Munchkin actors found new generations of fans in the late 1980s when they began making appearances around the country.

“It wasn’t until the Munchkins started making their appearances in 1989 that they all came to realize how potent the film had become and remained,” Mr. Fricke said. “He was wonderfully articulate about his memories, he had anecdotes to share.”

Anticipation swirls for ‘Twilight’ bridal gown reveal

Many brides keep their wedding dresses a secret until the moment they walk down the aisle, but all of cyberspace isn’t usually speculating about it. The exception is Bella Swan.

The much anticipated bridal gown will make its debut on Friday as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” is released in movie theaters.

According to the Associated Press, here’s what’s known about the gown worn by Kristen Stewart’s character as she married Robert Pattinson’s Edward Cullen: It’s designed by Carolina Herrera. It has 100 buttons down the back. It’s made of lace and satin, and it aims to be simultaneously romantic and mysterious.

“Well, the inspiration became a little bit by the book,” said Miss Herrera on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere Monday night. “And the description of the book, and the magic and the moment that is the wedding and also about [Bella’s] personality, which is very important in a wedding gown. She is this very innocent girl that is believing in her first true love and there is romance and there is fantasy and mystery. Everything so, I took all that into consideration.”

Letter offering Beatles audition sold for $55,000

Christie’s auction house said a handwritten letter from Paul McCartney offering a Beatles audition to a mystery drummer has sold for more than $55,000, the Associated Press reports.

The note, found folded in a book at a Liverpool yard sale, offered an audition to someone who had advertised their availability in the Liverpool Echo newspaper four days earlier. The unsigned ad said simply: “Drummer - Young - Free.”

The letter was dated Aug. 12, 1960 - two years before the band bounced drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr.

Christie’s said a European buyer made Tuesday’s winning bid over the phone.

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