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      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
      The Ox-Bow Incident
      Nothing Sacred
      Babes in Arms
      The Anderson Tapes

      Photos

      RIDING HIGH, Margaret Hamilton, 1950 WIZARD OF OZ, Margaret Hamilton, Judy Garland, 1939 THE WIZARD OF OZ, Margaret Hamilton, Judy Garland, 1939 CITY WITHOUT MEN, Margaret Hamilton, 1943 WIZARD OF OZ, Margaret Hamilton, 'flying monkeys', 1939 WIZARD OF OZ, Margaret Hamilton, Judy Garland, 1939 MOTHER CAREY'S CHICKENS, Harvey Clark, Margaret Hamilton, 1938 THE WIZARD OF OZ, Pat Walshe, Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, 1939. THIRTEEN GHOSTS, (aka 13 GHOSTS), Margaret Hamilton, 1960 THESE THREE, Margaret Hamilton, 1936 THE WIZARD OF OZ, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, 1939 THE WIZARD OF OZ, Margaret Hamilton (right), 1939 JOHNNY COME LATELY, James Cagney, Margaret Hamilton, 1943 MY LITTLE CHICKADEE, Margaret Hamilton, W.C. Fields, 1940 A SLIGHT CASE OF MURDER, Edward G. Robinson, Bobby Jordan, Margaret Hamilton, Paul Harvey, 1938 WIZARD OF OZ, THE, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, 1939 MY LITTLE CHICKADEE, Margaret Hamilton, Mae West, 1940 BY YOUR LEAVE, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan, 1934 ANOTHER LANGUAGE, front from left: Robert Montgomery, Helen Hayes, rear from left: Hal K. Dawson, Maidel Turner, Henry Travers, Louise Closser Hale, Margaret Hamilton, Willard Robertson, John Beal, 1933 THE WIZARD OF OZ, Margaret Hamilton, 1939

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 53% Journey Back to Oz Aunt Em (Voice) - 1974
      100% 86% The Night Strangler Professor Crabwell (Character) - 1973
      76% 53% 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 No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Demetria Riffle (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wabash Avenue Tillie Hutch (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 42% Riding High Edna (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 67% The Sun Comes Up Mrs. Golightly (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 48% The Red Pony Teacher (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Faithful in My Fashion Miss Applegate (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 31% Guest in the House Hilda (Character) - 1944
      92% 91% The Ox-Bow Incident Mrs. Larch (uncredited) (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Guinevere (Character) - 1943
      67% 29% The Invisible Woman Mrs. Jackson (Character) - 1941
      93% 64% My Little Chickadee Mrs. Gideon (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Angels Wash Their Faces Miss Hannaberry (Character) - 1939
      90% 70% 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 57% Four's a Crowd Amy (Character) - 1938
      67% 77% A Slight Case of Murder Mrs. Cagle (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 85% 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

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Clara Kincaid (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Edsel Pry (Guest Star) 1973
      100% 91% The Addams Family Granny Frump (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