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Margaret Hamilton Overview:

Legendary character actress, Margaret Hamilton, was born Margaret Brainard Hamilton on Dec 9, 1902 in Cleveland, OH. Hamilton appeared in over 120 film and television roles. Her best known films include The Wizard of Oz, in which she played the role for which she will always be remembered -- The Wicked Witch of the West -- one of the greatest screen villains of all time! Other notable roles include Granny Hester Frump on TV's The Addams Family, Margaret H. Witch on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood -- and Cora, The Maxwell House Lady!. Hamilton died at the age of 82 on May 16, 1985 in Salisbury, CT and was cremated and her ashes scattered over her property in Amenia NY.

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Beaky-nosed, beady-eyed Margaret Hamilton was unforgettable as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. She remained very much a working actress into her late seventies, and in private life was an avid worker for charity. Died from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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Hamilton was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

COUNTDOWN TO HITCHCOCK HALLOWEEN: as The Wicked Witch of the West

By Lara on Oct 28, 2013 From Backlots

as The Wicked Witch of the West. By Lara Gabrielle Fowler In the days leading up to Halloween and to Backlots’ Hitchcock Halloween Blogathon, I will be profiling several spooky characters from classic film to get my readers in the mood for Halloween! The profiles will culmina... Read full article


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By Annmarie Gatti on Dec 9, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born December 9, 1902 Character Actress, ! Character Actress, appeared in over 115 film/TV roles — and is most famously known for her iconic role as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz!? I must confess, however, that I also remember her fondly as... Read full article


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By minooallen on Dec 9, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend , born on December 9, 1902. ….. When you think Margaret Hamiliton it?s easy to picture a crotchety old woman with an icy stare and menacing disposition. I mean, she is the woman who portrayed The Wicked Witch of The West, one of the most ... Read full article


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Margaret Hamilton Quotes:

Josie: Why, she's said goodbye to more men than most women have said hello to.


The Wicked Witch of the West: I'll get you, my pretty... and your little dog, too!


Buck Zorba: Elaine?
Elaine Zacharides: Yes Buck?
Buck Zorba: You really are a witch, aren't you?
Elaine Zacharides: Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies.


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Until the day she died she had children recognizing her and coming up to her to ask why she was so mean to Dorothy. She became very concerned about the role's effect on children, and finally guested on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" (1968) to explain that the Witch was just a character in the film, and not herself.

She was the kindergarten teacher of five-year-old William Windom, until she threw him out for rambunctious behavior. Another of her students was Jim Backus.

Starred in the live on-stage musical "A Little Night Music" (with actress Jean Simmons in the lead role) during the mid-1970s in San Francisco.

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