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Margaret Hamilton

 
Bio:
Margaret Hamilton was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 9, 1902, the youngest of four children and obtained her teaching certificate in 1923 from the Wheelock Kindergarten Training School in Boston. On June 13, 1931, Margaret Hamilton married Paul Boynton Meserve, a landscape architect. ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Margaret Hamilton was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 9, 1902, the youngest of four children and obtained her teaching certificate in 1923 from the Wheelock Kindergarten Training School in Boston. On June 13, 1931, Margaret Hamilton married Paul Boynton Meserve, a landscape architect. ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1974
Madame Armfeldt
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1969
Aunt Eller
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1969
Performer
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1966
Parthy Ann Hawks
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Bessie
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1958
Dolly Tate

 

Stage

Performances
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1974
Madame Armfeldt

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1969
Aunt Eller

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1969
Performer

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Revival, 1966
Parthy Ann Hawks

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Bessie

  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1958
Dolly Tate

Margaret Hamilton Biography

Margaret Hamilton was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 9, 1902, the youngest of four children and obtained her teaching certificate in 1923 from the Wheelock Kindergarten Training School in Boston.

On June 13, 1931, Margaret Hamilton married Paul Boynton Meserve, a landscape architect. Together they had one son, Hamilton Wadsworth Meserve. The marriage ended in divorce in 1938 and Margaret raised her son alone in California.

For nearly fifteen years, Margaret Hamilton lived in Los Angeles, California before establishing permanent residence in New York City in 1951. Wherever her home was, she regularly traveled back and forth between coasts to perform in both movies and the theatre and later in television.

Among her other accomplishments, Margaret Hamilton was an honorary trustee of the Cleveland PlayHouse and was the recipient in 1977 of the Governor's Award of the State of Ohio. She was also a member of the Veterans Hospital Radio and TV Guild. She would visit hospitals to work with disabled veterans interested in the theatre and broadcasting.

in 1951. Wherever her home was, she regularly traveled back and forth between coasts to perform in both movies and the theatre and later in television.

Among her other accomplishments, Margaret Hamilton was an honorary trustee of the Cleveland PlayHouse and was the recipient in 1977 of the Governor's Award of the State of Ohio. She was also a member of the Veterans Hospital Radio and TV Guild. She would visit hospitals to work with disabled veterans interested in the theatre and broadcasting.


Margaret Hamilton's performances included some seventy-five movies, at least as many stage plays, countless radio and television dramas, and commercials.

Margaret Hamilton had already played in some twenty-five films before she accepted the role of Miss Gulch and the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz". Margaret Hamilton once said this about her role as the Wicked Witch, "I don't look on it as any great shakes of acting," she explained to Al Cohn in an interview for Newsday (March 19, 1978). "It's not subtle or restrained. It isn't any of the things you like to think might apply to your acting."

Some other memorable films that Margaret Hamilton appeared in after "The Wizard of Oz" included: "My Little Chickadee", "The Oxbow Incident", "Guest in the House","George White's Scandals", "State of the Union", "The Red Pony", "The Beautiful Blonde", "Bashful Bend", "13 Ghosts" and "Brewster McCloud."

One of Margaret Hamilton's assets as a character actress has been her distinctive nose, whose bump she inherited from her father.




Margaret Hamilton News

Centenary Stage Company's 2022 Fringe Festival Will Continue With Photo Centenary Stage Company's 2022 Fringe Festival Will Continue With
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2022

Centenary Stage Company will continue their 2022 Fringe Festival with a Fat Knight production of My Witch, running October 20 through 30.

Interview: Luna Muse / Cam Pederson of THE WITCHY WORLD OF LUNA MUSE at Minnesota Fri Photo Interview: Luna Muse / Cam Pederson of THE WITCHY WORLD OF LUNA MUSE at Minnesota Fringe
by Jared Fessler - Jul 6, 2022

Something wicked this way comes! Twin cities drag entertainer Luna Muse makes her one-woman show debut in this whimsical and kooky theatrical experience. Fantasy and reality collide as our host is tasked with sharing her favorite fairy tale of 'Lady Luna of the Moon.'

Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ  at Alhambra Theatre And Dining Photo Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Alhambra Theatre And Dining
by Jordan Higginbotham - Jun 26, 2022

What did our critic think of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Alhambra Theatre And Dining?The cult classic ‚ÄúWizard of Oz‚ÄĚ opened at the Alhambra Theatre and Dining on Friday night, and if you are looking for a sweet and nostalgic performance to distract you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this is the show to attend.

Individual Tickets For Centenary Stage Company's 2022-23 Season On Sale July 1 Photo Individual Tickets For Centenary Stage Company's 2022-23 Season On Sale July 1
by Stephi Wild - Jun 11, 2022

This season, Centenary Stage Company has prepared a full schedule of events from the Curtain Up! Gala, to their professional theatre series, to January Thaw music events, and the NEXTStage Repertory student productions.

Wheelock Family Theatre to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ Photo Wheelock Family Theatre to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 9, 2022

Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University (WFT@BU) has announced The Wizard of Oz!

Richard Skipper Presents A Tribute to Harvey Evans, January 7 Photo Richard Skipper Presents A Tribute to Harvey Evans, January 7
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2022

Richard Skipper will celebrate the beloved Broadway great Harvey Evans with guests Lawrence Leritz, Diane Findlay, Lee Roy Reams, Ronald B. Young, Loni Ackerman, Pamela Meyers on Friday, Jan 7th at 7PM EST/ 4PM PST.

BST Presents Fat Knight Theatre's MY WITCH Next Month Photo BST Presents Fat Knight Theatre's MY WITCH Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2021

After stops at Snowlion Rep in Freeport, ME and Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, John Ahlin's ‚ÄúMy Witch: The Margaret Hamilton Stories‚ÄĚ makes the third and final stop on its rolling world premiere tour at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill December 3-12, 2021.

MY WITCH: Margaret Hamilton's Stories Of Maine, Hollywood, And Beyond! Will Premiere  Photo MY WITCH: Margaret Hamilton's Stories Of Maine, Hollywood, And Beyond! Will Premiere At New Theater in Freeport
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2021

Snowlion Repertory Company, whose mission is to create, develop, and present new theater works of cultural, ethical, and spiritual value, announces the world premiere production of the new one-woman show 'MY WITCH: Margaret Hamilton's Stories of Maine, Hollywood, and Beyond!'

Iconic Hollywood Props and Costumes Up for Auction from Profiles In History's Icons & Photo Iconic Hollywood Props and Costumes Up for Auction from Profiles In History's Icons & Legends Of Hollywood
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 9, 2020

Profiles in History has announced incredible costumes and props from Hollywood's Classical, Golden and Modern Age at their next auction, Icons & Legends of Hollywood, November 12th & 13th in Los Angeles.

BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest MOVIE MUSICALS of All Time Photo BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest MOVIE MUSICALS of All Time
by Peter Nason - Mar 30, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best film musicals since the sound era began; see if your favorites made the list!

Margaret Hamilton Videos

BWW TV: ABOUT LOVE Opens Tonight at The Sheen Center VideoBWW TV: ABOUT LOVE Opens Tonight at The Sheen Center
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 4, 2020

Culture Project will present About Love, a new play with songs and music. With music and lyrics by jazz artist Nancy Harrow and script and direction by Will Pomerantz, About Love plays at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street at the corner of Elizabeth Street, NYC) in the Black Box Theater. The official opening is Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30PM. About Love plays a limited engagement through March 22. Tickets are available online at OvationTix.com, by phone at 212-925-2812, or in-person at The Sheen Center box office Monday to Friday noon to 5PM and one hour before performances.   

VIDEO: Watch THE WIZARD OF OZ Re-Imagined as a Michael Bay Movie!
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 8, 2016

There's no place like home and there's no director who knows how to helm a big budget action film than Michael Bay.

VIDEO: Did WIZARD OF OZ's Margaret Hamilton Predict the Concept for WICKED?
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 20, 2015

In a 1975 appearance on the classic children's show MR. ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, actress Margaret Hamilton spoke about her personal take on her iconic character, one that freakishly sounds a lot like the concept for the hit Broadway musical WICKED.

VIDEO: Trailer - THE WIZARD OF OZ in 3D for 75th Anniversary!
by Stage Tube - Jul 1, 2013

Marking the 75th anniversary of THE WIZARD OF OZ, Warner Bros. has produced a 3D remastered version of the film. Kicking off the celebration, The Wizard of Oz 3D will be presented in the immersive Imax 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in Imax theatres across North America beginning September 20, 2013. Click below to watch the trailer!


Margaret Hamilton Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Margaret Hamilton been in?
Margaret Hamilton has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Margaret Hamilton been in?
Margaret Hamilton has not appeared in the West End