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.

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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


Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

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:

The Wicked Witch of the West: All in good time, my little pretty, all in good time.


The Wicked Witch of the West: How about a little fire, Scarecrow?


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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Margaret Hamilton Facts
She was cremated and her ashes spread on her Dutchess County, New York estate.

Lived in a Gramercy Park building in New York City that was also occupied by James Cagney and now boasts Jimmy Fallon as one of its tenants.

Nearly quit as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) after a December 1938 accident in which she was severely burned during her dramatic exit from Munchkinland. The impressive special effect was achieved by her stepping onto a trap door (obscured by rising smoke) that dropped beneath her, and then a burst of real fire came up. On one take, the fire came too early, and her costume caught fire. She was off the film for more than a month. After she recuperated, she said "I won't sue, because I know how this business works, and I would never work again. I will return to work on one condition - no more fire work!".

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