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Margaret Hamilton

Highest Rated:   100% Babes in Arms (1939)
Lowest Rated:   36% 13 Ghosts (1960)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
80% The Anderson Tapes
  • Miss Kaler
1971
83% Brewster McCloud
  • Daphne Heap
1971
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Rhoda
1969
No Score Yet The Daydreamer
  • Mrs. Klopplebobbler
1966
36% 13 Ghosts
  • Elaine Zacharides
1960
No Score Yet Lost TV Comedy of the 50's
  • Actor
1952
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
71% 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
No Score Yet 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 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
94% 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
99% The Wizard of Oz
  • Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch
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
100% Nothing Sacred
  • Drug Store Lady
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
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Edna
1934

Quotes from Margaret Hamilton's Characters