Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton

Highest Rated: 100% The Night Strangler (1973)

Lowest Rated: 36% 13 Ghosts (1960)

Birthday: Dec 9, 1902

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Mention the name Margaret Hamilton to a Millennial, and chances are they won't be able to pick her out of a line-up. Quote her most famous line, however, and watch their eyes blink awake with recognition: "I'll get you my pretty! ....and your little dog, too!" The woman behind of cinema's most iconic villains, Cleveland-born Margaret Brainard Hamilton was, as a young girl, enchanted by L. Frank Baum's fantastical Oz tales, and impulsively drawn to the theater. Decades later, with her Technicolor-green visage, reverberating cackle, and nightmarish troop of flying monkeys, Hamilton terrified generations of children in the classic MGM musical, "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). Ironic, perhaps, given her inherently kind-hearted nature, but telling, no doubt, of her monumental talent and unwavering commitment to craft. The imaginative daughter of prominent lawyer, Hamilton's benevolent disposition and love of children made her a natural in her initial career as a kindergarten teacher (a profession her parents encouraged for practical reasons). Even so, she never gave up on her dream of becoming an actor. In 1923, at the age of 21, Hamilton made her stage debut in a Cleveland Play House production of "The Man Who Ate Popomac." Her talent blossoming over the course of the next three years, Hamilton made considerable wear on those sturdy midwestern boards. And while it was without question a big step to Broadway, Hamilton made the stride effortlessly with her Broadway debut in a Majestic Theater production of "Another Language."  So memorable was Hamilton in the role of a waspish spinster that Hollywood producers lured her to the West Coast to reprise the character in the 1936 film adaptation of the same name. On the big screen, Hamilton's withering sneer registered stronger than ever, and vicious tongue lashings cracked through the air in those cavernous movie houses like a bullwhip in an arena. Three years later, Hamilton showed a gentler side in Chatterbox (1936). Though her stern screen presence and impeccable rapid-fire delivery brought her steady work throughout the 1930s, those same traits also led to her being typecast as the busybody spinster or the disapproving aunt. Meanwhile, at MGM, preparations were being made to adapt one of Baum's beloved Oz stories to the big screen. Hamilton read in the trades that Gail Sundergaard was planning to go glamorous with her interpretation of the dreaded Wicked Witch of the West. Around this time, Hamilton and her agent Jeff Smith were attending a football game when they recognized Producer Mervyn LeRoy in the crowd. When LeRoy expressed interest in working with Hamilton, Smith started bargaining. Initially, Hamilton was hired to work on The Wizard of Oz for six weeks. By the time the shoot wrapped, Hamilton had not only worked a total of twenty-three weeks, but also suffered second and third-degree burns during the scene in which her character makes a flashfire exit from Munchkinland Of course it's widely known today that The Wizard of Oz, despite being adored by critics and nominated for six Academy Awards, wasn't exactly a financial windfall for MGM. In fact, the film that would forever change the landscape of American pop culture failed to turn a profit until the re-release a decade later.

Highest rated movies

The Night Strangler
You Only Live Once
The Wizard of Oz
My Little Chickadee
Nothing Sacred
The Ox-Bow Incident
Babes in Arms
A Slight Case of Murder




No Score Yet 50% Journey Back to Oz Aunt Em (Voice) - 1974
100% 85% The Night Strangler Professor Crabwell (Character) - 1973
74% 54% The Anderson Tapes Miss Kaler (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer Mrs. Klopplebobbler (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paradise Alley Mrs. Nicholson (Character) - 1961
36% 41% 13 Ghosts Elaine Zacharides (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 44% Riding High Edna (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wabash Avenue Tillie Hutch (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 62% The Sun Comes Up Mrs. Golightly (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 49% The Red Pony Teacher (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Faithful in My Fashion Miss Applegate (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 40% Guest in the House Hilda (Character) - 1944
91% 91% The Ox-Bow Incident Mrs. Larch (uncredited) (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Guinevere (Character) - 1943
67% 26% The Invisible Woman Mrs. Jackson (Character) - 1941
93% 63% My Little Chickadee Mrs. Gideon (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Angels Wash Their Faces Miss Hannaberry (Character) - 1939
90% 69% Babes in Arms Martha Steele (Character) - 1939
98% 89% The Wizard of Oz Miss Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West (Character) $5.5M 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Main Street Lawyer Lucy (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Breaking the Ice Mrs. Small (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 58% Four's a Crowd Amy (Character) - 1938
80% 75% A Slight Case of Murder Mrs. Cagle (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 86% The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mrs. Harper (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stablemates Beulah Flanders (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 86% Saratoga Maizie (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet When's Your Birthday? Mossy (Character) - 1937
92% 69% Nothing Sacred Vermont Drugstore Lady (Character) - 1937
100% 78% You Only Live Once Hester (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mountain Justice Phoebe Lamb (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Witness Chair Grace Franklin (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chatterbox Emily "Tippie" Tipton (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Lucy Gurget (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 20% Way Down East Martha Perkins (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet By Your Leave Whiffen (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hat, Coat and Glove Madame Du Barry (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Language Helen Hallam (Character) - 1933


No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Clara Kincaid (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Edsel Pry (Guest Star) 1973
100% 98% The Addams Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Leora Scofield (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Mrs. Gillyard (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Mrs. Felton (Character) 1954