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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825435
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerry Maren continues to travel the country to make appearances at Oz-related events, film conventions, nostalgia shows, and Little People of America conventions. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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For any fan of popular culture, this will be a "must-have" book.
Steve Cox
I love all the pictures and stories that were included from Jerry Maren's career before and after the Wizard of Oz.
Lindsay M. Brubaker
This book is chock full of photographs and written in a clear, concise manner that makes reading a pleasure.
Hiram Horwitz

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cox on October 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jerry Maren has completed his autobiography, an extraordinary book that he promises will please all of his fans. Producer Sid Krofft (of Sid and Marty Krofft) has contributed a fantastic Foreword for the book which puts Jerry's career in perspective as well as his own fascination for Oz and the inspirations Oz provided. The memoir will be published in the Spring of 2008 with books available in May 2008. The book will include amazing COLOR images throughout (dating back to the 1930s believe it or not)as well as plenty of black and white images, all from his private archive, which illustrate Jerry's lengthy career in radio, film, and television. Lots of surprises! For any fan of popular culture, this will be a "must-have" book. Guaranteed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Horwitz on May 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jerry Maren is an enduring actor who headed to Hollywood seventy years ago and has been appearing in motion pictures, television programs, and touring promotions ever since. Most viewers probably don't know his name, but nearly all movie patrons and TV watchers have glimpsed him repeatedly and been delighted by his performances. Usually cast in small roles, Maren always stands out because of his miniature stature, natural charisma, and upbeat personality. These traits have served him well, making him a highlight of such films as the Wizard of Oz, the Marx Brothers' At the Circus, and Our Gang's Tiny Troubles - as well as television programming including The Adventures of Superman, The Lucy Show, Star Trek, Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, The Gong Show, and Seinfeld.

Short and Sweet is a remarkable memoir chronicling Jerry Maren's life and career, from his childhood experiences through his present day activities. This book is chock full of photographs and written in a clear, concise manner that makes reading a pleasure. The information is extremely well organized, with the result that the book has the qualities of a perfect scrapbook merged with a masterfully-honed diary. What makes Maren's memoir so enjoyable is learning about his unique career experiences due to being a "little person," coupled with his personal remembrances (and photographs) of the long list of celebrities encountered along the way. This list includes Jack Oakie, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Ladd, Jimmy Stewart (the Jimmy Stewart anecdote is my favorite), Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, Edgar Bergen, Spike Jones, Abbott and Costello, Oscar Mayer, Ringo Starr, Tiny Tim, Andy Williams, Cheech and Chong, Mel Brooks, and others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Craig Sopin on June 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book is terrific. It reads like a sincere account of Jerry's life told in his own words and from his own perspective. His candid opinions and anecdotes about famous people and situations puts this in a class of its own. I can only imagine Andy Williams's face when he read what Jerry had to say about the odor emanating from his writers' offices, for example. I was expecting to read something about Shatner but I suppose his co-stars have already done that to death.

I couldn't believe the number and quality of projects Jerry's been involved in. Some I already knew of and others were interesting to learn about. The book brought back memories of my own childhood with Buster Brown, the Wienermobile, Mayor McCheese and the gang, H.R. Puffnstuf, etc. I especially enjoyed the Oz stories and the question-and-answer format. That was a nice idea. I certainly learned a lot.

A must read for the fan of, well, anything!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Hourihan on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Short and Sweet: The Life and Times of the Lollipop Munchkin

This is a fascinating look at the life and career of original Lollipop Guild Munchkin, Jerry Maren, which covered the golden age of Hollywood. I was amazed where his long acting career had led him and that he had worked alongside with some of the great stars of the day. A look at this actor's life is long overdue and at last this unusual and heartwarming career has been brought to life and retold in a great book...filled with fabulous photographs from cover to cover! Excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MARKEV on May 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jerry Maren might very well be the most famous midget of our day. Who can argue that The Wizard of Oz has been seen by maybe more people around the world than any other film? And who doesn't love the Lollipop Guild? Maren was the famous Lollipop Munchkin, but don't be fooled into thinking this book is another retell of the making of Oz. There are other books for that. While he gives us readers plenty to chew on about the film, the rest is about his amazing career. And then, he rounds it out with Oz again as he reunites fifty years later with his fellow Munchkins and Oz cast mates like Jack Haley and Ray Bolger. There are hilarious moments in this book (peeing on Jimmy Stewart at his bachelor party) as well as poignant moments (the little girl who got run over by the Wienermobile). It struck me that while looking at this book, you see this unique little guy grow from age four to eighty-eight right before your eyes. The book takes you on a chronological tour down the yellow brick road with this Munchkin. The photographs are stunners!!! You won't be disappointed by this book. I couldn't put it down. It's something you will NEVER forget. I guarantee.
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