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L. Frank Baum

Clip: Season 33 Episode 4 | 1m 15s

L. Frank Baum was an American actor, businessman and writer. He published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 that became a best-seller, a theater smash hit and a film classic.

Aired: 04/19/21

Rating: NR

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