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Dead Woman Insists On 'Wizard Of Oz' Obit

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Seventy-five years ago today was the world premiere of "The Wizard Of Oz." A movie Joanna Scarpitti loved. So much so she made her daughter promise that when she died she'd use a famous line for the obituary - ding dong the witch is dead. Scarpitti died two weeks ago. Her daughter fulfilled the promise, adding that her mom was sweet with a side of zest. Sure enough, Scarpitti insisted on being dressed in all black with white stockings and red ruby slippers after her death. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.