Margaret Hamilton

Actor, Theater Actor

1902 – 1985

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Who was Margaret Hamilton?

Margaret Brainard Hamilton was an American film character actress best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic film The Wizard of Oz.

A former schoolteacher, she worked as a character actress in films for seven years before she was offered the role that defined her public image. The Wicked Witch of the West was eventually ranked No. 4 in the American Film Institute's 2003 list of the 50 Best Movie Villains of All Time, making her the top ranking female villain. In later years, Hamilton made frequent cameo appearances on television sitcoms and commercials. She also gained recognition for her work as an advocate of causes designed to benefit children and animals, and retained a lifelong commitment to public education.

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Born
Dec 9, 1902
Cleveland
Also known as
  • Margaret Meserve
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Education
  • Hathaway Brown School
  • Wheelock College
Lived in
  • Cleveland
Died
May 16, 1985
Salisbury

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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