Margaret Hamilton is most recognized for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz” in a career spanning five decades and more than 70 films.
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In her personal life, this character actor was a lovely, energetic woman who taught kindergarten before landing her big break in the 1932 Broadway musical “Another Language.”
The popularity of the play gave her a ticket to Hollywood, where she went on to portray supporting roles as a “woman with a heart of gold and a corset of steel” under filmmakers such as Frank Capra, Fritz Lang, Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley, and William A. Wellman.
|Full Name||Margaret Heafield Hamilton|
|Date Of Birth||August 17, 1936|
|Birth Place||Paoli, Indiana, United States|
|Age||86 years old (in 2023)|
|Profession / Occupation||Computer Scientist, Systems Engineer and Business Owner|
|Height / Weight||4 feet 9 inches/ 68 kg|
|Debut||Film debut: These Three (1936)|
|Net Worth||$12 Million Approx|
Margaret Hamilton biography
Hamilton purposefully avoided signing a studio deal in order to avoid typecasting.
Despite having portrayed the Wicked Witch in a Cleveland theatrical production of “The Wizard of Oz,” Hamilton almost didn’t get hired in her most famous role.
Producer Mervyn LeRoy had hoped to cast Gale Sondergaard in the role, but her cosmetics and outfit testing made her appear too gorgeous.
When the Witch was intended to vanish in a flash fire and the stage trap door did not open quickly enough, forcing her outfit to catch fire, the actor was nearly burnt.
Hamilton also despised the dual part because she only got a little more than 10 minutes of screen time.
The early reviews seemed to validate her sentiments; she was rarely acknowledged, and the picture proved to be quite disappointing.
She also had a great theatre career, playing in “Oklahoma!” and “Show Boat.” She traveled as Madame Armfeldt in “A Little Night Music” and performed in “Liaisons” in the mid-1970s.
Hamilton had recurrent parts on “The Patty Duke Show” and “The Addams Family” in the 1960s and 1970s. One of her better late-career appearances was as a college lecturer in the television film “The Night Strangler.”
She portrayed the helpful, charming New England storekeeper Cora in a long-running series of Maxwell House Coffee commercials about the same period. Hamilton continued to perform until around two years before her death from a heart attack in 1985.
Height, Weight & Physical Stats
|Height, Weight And Mesurments|
|Height in Feet Inches||4 feet 9 inches|
|Height in Meters||1.52 m|
|Dress Size||4 (US)|
|Bra cup Size||–|
|Shoe Size||8 (US)|
Family & Relatives
|Family and Relatives|
|Mother||Ruth Esther Heafield|
|Sisters||Dorothy Hamilton Brus|
|Husband||Dan Lickly (m. 1969)|
Margaret Hamilton is most recognized for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz” in a career spanning five decades and more than 70 films.She portrayed the helpful, charming New England storekeeper Cora in a long-running series of Maxwell House Coffee commercials about the same period. Hamilton continued to perform until around two years before her death from a heart attack in 1985.