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Margaret Hamilton

Actress Margaret Hamilton

Profession: Actress

United States of America

Why Famous: Best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic film "The Wizard of Oz". 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.

Born: December 9, 1902
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: May 16, 1985 (aged 82)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

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Married Life

  • 1931-06-13 Actress Margaret Hamilton (28) weds landscape architect Paul Meserve

Historical Events

  • 1938-12-23 Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire while filming "The Wizard of Oz"
  • 1939-08-15 "The Wizard of Oz", American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked Witch)

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