Jackie Gerlich: Member of the Guild

Jakob “Jackie” Gerlich (1925-1960) is best remembered today as a member of the “Lollipop Guild” in The Wizard of Oz (1939) alongside Jerry Maren and Harry Doll. Gerlich was born in Vienna and moved to the U.S. with his family in 1936. He was only 14 when he joined the Singer Midgets in The Wizard of Oz. His other films include The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) and East Side of Heaven (1939). The rest of the time he performed with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. He was wintering in Sarasota when he died mysteriously at age of 35. His official cause of death was given as “natural causes”. At 35?

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