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: 12/08/1902 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)

(Voice)

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

Actor

Brewster McCloud 1970 (Movie)

(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)

Actor

The Patty Duke Show 1963 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daydreamer 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Actor

13 Ghosts 1960 (Movie)

Elaine Zacharides--Housekeeper (Actor)

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

Actor

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Gulf Playhouse 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

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)

(Actor)

The Villain Still Pursued Her 1940 (Movie)

Widow Wilson (Actor)

Angels Wash Their Faces 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Little Chickadee 1939 (Movie)

Mrs Gideon (Actor)

Babes in Arms 1938 (Movie)

Martha Steele (Actor)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

Miss Gulch (Actor)

Breaking the Ice 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nothing Sacred 1936 (Movie)

Drugstore Lady (Actor)

The Moon's Our Home 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

These Three 1935 (Movie)

Agatha (Actor)

Broadway Bill 1934 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

The Farmer Takes a Wife 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Jennie Hamilton

Mother

Sylvia Dick

Niece

Walter Hamilton

Father

Paul Meserve

Husband
married on June 13, 1931 divorced in 1938

Hamilton Meserve

Son
oversees chain of newspapers in Dutchess County, New York

EDUCATION

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

Milestones

1979

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

1978

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

1974

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

1973

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

1970

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

1968

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

1963

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

1962

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

1960

Returned to featured in "13 Ghosts"

1958

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

1955

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

1951

Last film for nearly a decade "People Will Talk"

1950

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

1948

Acted in "State of the Union"

1947

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

1940

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

1939

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

1936

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

1935

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

1933

Reprised stage role in film version of "Another Language"

1932

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

1923

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

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio

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

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

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

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

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