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How old is Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz?

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January 06, 2014 7:31AM

No information is given as to Dorothy Gale's age in "The Wizard of Oz."

Specifically, author and Oz series originator Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1865 -May 6, 1919) gives no specific information in terms of the ages of any of his characters. According to the illustrations, Dorothy appears to be a poised young girl under ten (10). According to the beloved 1939 movie version of the original 1900 book edition, Dorothy may be eleven or twelve (11-12) years old.

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In L. Frank Baum's book Dorothy is supposed to be nine years old. But the actress playing the role (Judy Garland) was actually a teenager made to look younger.