VENTURA (  — The secret to longevity might be singing a happy tune.

Alice Ludes, a radio star who appeared in many Hollywood musicals, turned 102 in Ventura Saturday.

Ludes entertained guests by playing the piano at her birthday party at a retirement home in Ventura.

The actress — born Alice Sizer — appeared on a variety of radio programs and then appeared in many Hollywood musicals and appeared opposite greats like Judy Garland and Bing Crosby.

The Tacoma, Washington born Ludes appeared in “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Broadway Melody of 1940,” “Hit Parade of 1943” and “Girl Crazy.” She even lent her singing voice to the classic “The Wizard of Oz” as a munchkin.

Ludes retired from show business to focus on her family.

She said one of the keys to her happiness is still being able to play the piano.



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