Happy Birthday, TOTO
Born this day, TOTO (aka Terry) the little female black Cairn terrier who played “Toto” in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Terry attended the premiere of The Wizard of Oz at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Due to her popularity of the role, Terry’s name was officially changed to Toto in 1942.
Toto also co-starred as “Rags” in Bright Eyes (1934) with Shirley Temple and a total of fifteen filmes before retiring.
Toto reunited with Oz co-star Margaret Hamiton in Twin Beds (1942).
Toto worked with Spencer Tracy twice; first in Fury (1936) and in Toto’s last film Tortilla Flat (1942), in which she was reunited with Oz director, Victor Fleming and Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard.
Toto made personal appearances with other famous Hollywood dogs and their trainer Carl Spitz.
Toto died in 1945 and was buried on the Spitz ranch in Studio City. However, in the 1950s the ranch and the grave were buried under the newly built Ventura Freeway.
In 2011, a memorial was built for Toto at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
For more on the story, visit: Toto Finds a Home at Hollywood Forever Cemetery