Margaret Hamilton

Highest Rated: 100% Babes in Arms (1939)
Lowest Rated: 36% 13 Ghosts (1960)
Birthday: Dec 9, 1902
Birthplace: Not Available
A kindergarten teacher in her native Cleveland, Margaret Hamilton began her acting career there in community theatre and with the prestigious Cleveland Playhouse. In 1933, Hamilton was invited to repeat her stage role of the sarcastic daughter-in-law in the Broadway play Another Language for the MGM film version. Though only in her early '30s, the gloriously unpretty Hamilton subsequently played dozens of busybodies, gossips, old maids, and housekeepers in films bearing such titles as Hat, Coat and Glove (1934), Way Down East (1935) and These Three (1936). She proved an excellent foil for such comedians as W.C. Fields (in 1940's My Little Chickadee) and Harold Lloyd (in 1946's The Sin of Harold Diddlebock). Her most famous film assignment was the dual role of Elvira Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West in the imperishable 1939 gem The Wizard of Oz -- a role which nearly cost her her life when her green copper makeup caught fire during one of her "disappearance" scenes. She played several smaller but no less impressive roles at 20th Century-Fox, including the first-scene plot motivator in People Will Talk (1951) and Carrie Nation in Wabash Avenue (1950). She alternated her film work with stage assignments in the 1950s and 1960s, frequently returning to her home base at the Cleveland Playhouse. Achieving "icon" status in the 1970s by virtue of The Wizard of Oz, Hamilton sometimes found herself being cast for "camp" effect (e.g. Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud), but also enjoyed some of her best-ever parts, including the role of professorial occult expert in the 1972 TV movie The Night Strangler. Despite her menacing demeanor, Hamilton was a gentle, soft-spoken woman; she was especially fond of children, and showed up regularly on such PBS programs as Sesame Street and Mister Rogers. In the 1970s, Margaret Hamilton added another sharply etched portrayal to her gallery of characters as general-store proprietor Cora on a popular series of Maxwell House coffee commercials -- one of which ran during a telecast of The Wizard of Oz!

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mister Rogers: It's You I Like Actor 2018
No Score Yet Shari Lewis: You Can Do It Actor 1984
No Score Yet Paul Lynde Halloween Special Actor 1976
No Score Yet Paul Lynde Halloween Special Actor 1976
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz Aunt Em 1974
86% The Night Strangler Actor 1973
70% The Anderson Tapes Miss Kaler 1971
84% Brewster McCloud Daphne Heap 1971
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket Rhoda 1969
No Score Yet Rosie! Mae 1967
No Score Yet The Daydreamer Mrs. Klopplebobbler 1966
36% 13 Ghosts Elaine Zacharides 1960
No Score Yet People Will Talk Miss Pickett 1951
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain Aunt Huddy 1951
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday Flora 1951
No Score Yet Riding High Edna 1950
63% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend Mrs. O'Toole 1949
No Score Yet The Red Pony Teacher 1949
No Score Yet The Sun Comes Up Mrs. Golightly 1949
80% State of the Union Norah 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Ruby Cheever 1948
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady Mrs. Geiger 1947
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock Flora 1947
No Score Yet Driftwood Essie Keenan 1947
No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Mrs. Angles 1946
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945) Clarabell 1945
No Score Yet Guest in the House Hilda the Maid 1944
43% Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond) Myrtle Ferguson 1943
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Mrs. Larch 1943
No Score Yet City Without Men Dora 1943
No Score Yet Journey for Margaret Actor 1942
No Score Yet Meet the Stewarts Williametta 1942
No Score Yet Play Girl Josie 1941
No Score Yet The Invisible Woman Mrs. Jackson 1940
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her Mrs. Wilson the Heroine's Loving Mother 1940
91% My Little Chickadee Mrs. Gideon 1940
100% Babes in Arms Martha Steele 1939
98% The Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch $3.9M 1939
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd Amy 1938
No Score Yet Breaking the Ice Mrs. Small 1938
No Score Yet Mother Carey's Chickens Mrs. Fuller 1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder Mrs. Cagle 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mrs. Harper 1938
No Score Yet Stablemates Beulah Flanders 1938
100% Nothing Sacred Drug Store Lady 1937
No Score Yet I'll Take Romance Margot 1937
No Score Yet Saratoga Maizie 1937
No Score Yet When's Your Birthday Mossy 1937
100% You Only Live Once Hester 1937
100% These Three Agatha 1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home Mitty Simpson 1936
No Score Yet Way Down East Martha Perkins 1935
No Score Yet Texas Terror Actor 1935
100% Broadway Bill Edna 1934


No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Edsel Pry
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Clara Kincaid
  • 1973
  • 1972
100% The Addams Family
Guest Mother Hester Frump
  • 1966
  • 1965