Did you know…
Dorothy Gale is based on a real person?
Dorothy Gage was the name of L. Frank Baum’s niece from his wife’s side. The little girl died months after being born, when Baum was just finishing The Wizard of Oz. To comfort his wife, he changed the name of his protagonist to Dorothy.
The grave for Dorothy Gage was found in the nineties, and one of the actors who had participated as a Munchkin in the film offered to replace the gravestone. This section of the cemetery is now a memorial garden where parents of deceased children go to visit them.