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Terry (dog)


Terry (dog)

Terry (dog)
Terry with Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Species Dog
Breed Cairn Terrier
Sex Female
Born (1933-11-17)November 17, 1933
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died September 1, 1945(1945-09-01) (aged 11)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Dog actress
Years active 1934-1942
Notable role Rags in Bright Eyes
Toto in The Wizard of Oz
Owner Carl Spitz

Terry (November 17, 1933 – September 1, 1945) was a Cairn Terrier whose most famous role was Toto in the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939). She appeared in 15 different movies but was only credited in that one, though not as Terry but as Toto.[1]

Life and career

Terry, born in the midst of the Great Depression, was trained and owned by Carl Spitz.[2] Her first film appearance was in Ready For Love which was released on November 30, 1934 roughly one month before her first major film appearance, with Shirley Temple, in 1934's Bright Eyes as Rags.[3] Terry, who did her own stunts, almost lost her life during the filming of The Wizard of Oz when one of the Winkie guards accidentally stepped on her, breaking her foot. She spent two weeks recuperating at Judy Garland's residence, and Garland developed a close attachment to her. Garland wanted to adopt her, but Spitz refused. Terry's salary, $125 per week, was more than that of many human actors in the film, and also more than many working Americans at the time.[4] She attended the premiere of The Wizard of Oz at Grauman's Chinese Theater; because of the popularity of the film, her name was changed to Toto in 1942. Terry had 16 total film appearances, three of which were playing in theaters at the same time in the fall of 1939: The Wizard of Oz, The Women and Bad Little Angel. Her last film was Tortilla Flat (1942), in which she was reunited with Oz director, Victor Fleming, and Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard.

Terry was the mother of Rommy, another movie Cairn terrier, who appeared in other films including Reap the Wild Wind (1942) and Airforce (1943).[5]


Terry died at age 11 in Hollywood on September 1, 1945, and was buried at Spitz's ranch in Studio City, Los Angeles. The grave was destroyed during the construction of the Ventura Freeway in 1958.[6]

On June 18, 2011, a permanent memorial for Terry was dedicated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.[6]



  1. ^ Choron, Harry; Choron, Sandra (2005). Planet Dog: A Doglopedia. Mariner Books. p. 50. ISBN . Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  2. ^ Lloyd, Ann (2003). Hollywood Dogs. Barron's Educational Series. p. 6. ISBN . Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  3. ^ Powe Allred, Alexandra (2004). Dogs' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Historic Hounds, Professional Pooches, and Canine Oddities. Potomac Books Inc. pp. 156–157. ISBN . Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  4. ^ Bush, Karen (2007). Everything Dogs Expect You to Know. New Holland Publishers Ltd. p. 79. ISBN . Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  5. ^ "The “Famous” Cairn Terrier Movie List". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  6. ^ a b "HOLLYWOODLAND » Blog Archive » Toto finds a home at Hollywood Forever". June 18, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 

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