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Dead Woman Insists On 'Wizard Of Oz' Obit
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Dead Woman Insists On 'Wizard Of Oz' Obit

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Dead Woman Insists On 'Wizard Of Oz' Obit

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Joanna Scarpitti loved that movie so much that she made her daughter promise that when she died that a famous line would be used in her obituary. Scarpitti's obit began: "Ding dong the witch is dead."

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.

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