Frank Morgan, best known for playing the wizard in
The Wizard of Oz (1939) was strongly urged by his mother’s family
not to accept the role because his mother’s brother, Leontyne Hardick,
was, in fact, Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in Eastern Missouri.
Mr. Hardick remained convinced throughout his life that the entire
movie was an organized attack upon himself and his beliefs.
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