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'Wizard of Oz' creator L. Frank Baum to be subject of biopic
'Wizard of Oz' creator L. Frank Baum to be subject of biopic

The wizard behind "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" will soon be getting his own movie. Author L. Frank Baum, who created Dorothy Gale, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West, is the subject of a script that's just been picked up by New Line Cinema. The film will focus on Baum's early years. The author was given to daydreaming as a child, and pursued several careers before finding success with his "Oz" books: he bred poultry, owned an import store and worked as a traveling salesman. Baum was also a controversial figure. He was an early advocate of feminism and women's suffrage, perhaps because of the influence of his mother-in-law, Matilda...

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