75 Facts About The Wizard Of Oz, To Celebrate The Film's 75th Anniversary

It's hard to believe that 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, because people are just as fascinated with the film today as they were when it came out. 

There's something rather remarkable about a film that so easily spans across the generation gap, beloved by both children and adults, and yet even with such a large fanbase there are lots of facts about the film that aren't common knowledge.

Did you know the Cowardly Lion's costume was made from a real lion's skin, or that the costume weighed around 100 pounds?

Have you heard that Toto earned two and a half times what a munchkin earned while filming, or that the snow used in the poppy scene was made of asbestos?

Parade is celebrating the diamond anniversary of this beloved film by sharing 75 Weird, Wonderful Facts About The Wizard of Oz, and fans will be delighted to discover many facts about the film they didn't already know, even if some of those facts are a bit dark.


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