Margaret Hamilton

Actor, Kindergarten teacher, Nursery school teacher
In a career that spanned five decades and more than 70 features, Hamilton is best remembered as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz". This character actress with a hooked nose and ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1902 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Actor (64)

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)


The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Sigmund and the Sea Monsters 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)


Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)


Is There a Doctor in the House? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Brewster McCloud 1970 (Movie)

Daphne Heap (Actor)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

Miss Kaler (Actor)

Angel in My Pocket 1968 (Movie)

Rhoda (Actor)

Rosie 1966 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

The Addams Family 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)


The Patty Duke Show 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)


The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)


Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)


13 Ghosts 1960 (Movie)

Elaine Zacharides--Housekeeper (Actor)

Once Upon a Christmas Time 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)


The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)


The Man Who Came to Dinner 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)


Gulf Playhouse 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)


Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)


The Sin of Harold Diddlebock 1950 (Movie)

Flora (Actor)

The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend 1949 (Movie)

Mrs. Elvira O'Toole (Actor)

State of the Union 1948 (Movie)

Norah (Actor)

George White's Scandals 1945 (Movie)

Clarabelle Evans (Actor)

Johnny Come Lately 1942 (Movie)

Myrtle Ferguson (Actor)

The Ox-Bow Incident 1942 (Movie)

Mrs. Larch (Actor)

The Villain Still Pursued Her 1940 (Movie)

Widow Wilson (Actor)

Angels Wash Their Faces 1939 (Movie)


My Little Chickadee 1939 (Movie)

Mrs Gideon (Actor)

Babes in Arms 1938 (Movie)

Martha Steele (Actor)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938 (Movie)


The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

Miss Gulch (Actor)

Breaking the Ice 1937 (Movie)

Mrs. Small (Actor)

Nothing Sacred 1936 (Movie)

Drugstore Lady (Actor)

The Moon's Our Home 1935 (Movie)

Mitty Simpson (Actor)

These Three 1935 (Movie)

Agatha (Actor)

Broadway Bill 1934 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

The Farmer Takes a Wife 1934 (Movie)


A Slight Case of Murder (Movie)

Mrs. Cagie (Actor)

Another Language (Movie)

Helen Hallam (Actor)

City without Men (Movie)

Dora (Actor)

Comin' Round the Mountain (Movie)

Aunt Huddy (Actor)

Dishonored Lady (Movie)

Mrs. Geiger (Actor)

Four's a Crowd (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

Guest in the House (Movie)

Hilda the Maid (Actor)

Janie Gets Married (Movie)

Mrs. Angles (Actor)

Letters From Frank (TV Show)


Mother Carey's Chickens (Movie)

Mrs. Fuller (Actor)

Mountain Justice (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

People Will Talk (Movie)

Miss Pickett (Actor)

Riding High (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Saratoga (Movie)

Maizie (Actor)

Stablemates (Movie)

Beulah Flanders (Actor)

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (Movie)

Ruby Cheever (Actor)

The Affairs of Martha (Movie)

Guinevere (Actor)

The Gay Vagabond (Movie)

Agatha Badger (Actor)

The Good Old Soak (Movie)

Minnie (Actor)

The Night Strangler (TV Show)


The Red Pony (Movie)

Teacher (Actor)

The Sun Comes Up (Movie)

Mrs. Golightly (Actor)

The Witness Chair (Movie)

Grace Franklin (Actor)

Twin Beds (Movie)

Norah (Actor)

Wabash Avenue (Movie)

Tillie Hutch (Actor)

Way Down East (Movie)

Martha Perkins (Actor)

When's Your Birthday? (Movie)

Mossy (Actor)


In a career that spanned five decades and more than 70 features, Hamilton is best remembered as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz". This character actress with a hooked nose and pointy chin whose screeching laugh frightened generations of children was in private life a gentle, animated woman who taught kindergarten before getting her first break in the 1932 Broadway production "Another Language". The play's success provided her ticket to Hollywood where, after recreating her role in the film version, Hamilton went on to supporting roles as what she termed "women with a heart of gold and a corset of steel" under such directors as Frank Capra, Fritz Lang, Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley, and William A Wellman. Hamilton never signed a studio contract by design, partly to avoid typecasting. Additionally, she only asked for a salary of $1,000 per week so as not to price herself out of the market.


Jennie Hamilton


Sylvia Dick


Walter Hamilton


Paul Meserve

married on June 13, 1931 divorced in 1938

Hamilton Meserve

oversees chain of newspapers in Dutchess County, New York


studied acting with Maria Ouspenskaya in 1932-33

studied acting with Madame Daykarhanova in 1933-34

Hathaway-Brown High School

Cleveland , Ohio 1921

Wheelock Kindergarten Training School

Boston , Massachusetts 1921 - 1923

studied voice with Grace Probert from 1917 until 1921



Last TV-movie "Letters from Frank" (CBS)


Appeared on stage in "The Devil's Disciple" in NYC


Played Madame Armfeldt in the national tour of "A Little Night Music"


Played an occult specialist in the ABC TV-movie "The Night Strangler"


Had last acting role in feature film, "The Anderson Tapes"


Portrayed Aunt Eller in the revival of "Oklahoma!" staged at the New York State Theater in NYC


Had recurring role in the ABC sitcom, "The Patty Duke Show"


Voiced character of Auntie Em in the animated "Journey Back to Oz", with Liza Minnelli voicing Dorothy; film released on video in 1974


Returned to featured in "13 Ghosts"


Played Dolly Tate in a tour of Irving Berlin's stage musical "Annie Get Your Gun"


TV-movie debut, "The Devil's Disciple"


Last film for nearly a decade "People Will Talk"


TV debut as guest on anthology series, "Silver Theater" in episode titled "Papa Romani"


Acted in "State of the Union"


Co-starred with Harold Lloyd in Preston Sturges' "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock/Mad Wednesday"


Appeared in support of W C Fields and Mae West in "My Little Chickadee"


Played the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz"


Played the dual roles of Elvira Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West in "The Wizard of Oz"; reprised role in numerous stage versions


Reprised Broadway role in "The Farmer Takes a Wife", directed by Victor Fleming


Reprised stage role in film version of "Another Language"


Helping a friend audition, she won a part for herself in the Broadway play, "Another Language"


Made stage acting debut in "The Man Who Ate the Popomack"

Played recurring role of Hester Frump in the TV sitcom, "The Addams Family" (ABC)

Taught kindergarten at the Rye (New York) County Day School in the early 1930s

Portrayed the freindly shopkeeper Cora in a popular series of TV commercials for Maxwell House coffee

Recurring role on a children's series, "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters"

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio

Had a recurring role on the NBC children's series, "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters"