Actress Margaret Hamilton, best known for terrifying multiple generations as the Wicked Witch of the West, was a former kindergarten teacher who used her fame to benefit children, animals, and public education for the rest of her life. She was described as very kind and great with kids.

Margaret Hamilton (actress)

For other people named Margaret Hamilton, see Margaret Hamilton (disambiguation).

Margaret Brainard Hamilton (December 9, 1902 – May 16, 1985) was an American film character actress best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West, and her Kansas counterpart Almira Gulch, in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s film The Wizard of Oz (1939).

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. 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 educatio… Continue Reading (13 minute read)

13 thoughts on “Actress Margaret Hamilton, best known for terrifying multiple generations as the Wicked Witch of the West, was a former kindergarten teacher who used her fame to benefit children, animals, and public education for the rest of her life. She was described as very kind and great with kids.”

  1. GoodLordChokeAnABomb

    She was also one of the few people on the set of The Wizard of Oz who was actually nice to Judy Garland.

  2. ElfMage83

    She was on an episode of *Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood*, to show that witches aren’t scary.

  3. Thedrunner2

    “I’ll get you the help you need, my pretty.”

  4. WendolaSadie

    She attended my grandmother’s church (All Saints Episcopal, Beverly Hills CA) and I met her as a child. She was perfectly nice, and bent over to look me in the eye and shake my hand (rare!). I remember her shoes matched her handbag…that impressed me so much.

  5. reverse_friday

    It’s the same with Miss Trunchbull from Matilda. Pam Ferris is actually a sweetheart.

  6. Prophet_Of_Loss

    “I’m going to [love and support you], my pretty! And, your little dog too!”

  7. war3rd

    She was my aunt’s teacher before she got into film. Taught at a school in the NYC suburbs and was apparently a very good teacher and an amazing woman.

  8. yeahsureYnot

    I’ve heard nice people are generally better than cunty people at playing evil characters.

  9. MetalGramps

    But she turned me into a newt.

  10. runawayson1

    She was involved with my school waaayyy back when I was in kindergarten. I remember we were having a little parade or something and my mom told me that Margaret Hamilton, the women who played the Wicked Witch, was going to be there. I was terrified. Then I saw her and she was the sweetest, smiliest little old lady. What a relief! It’s become one of my favorite memories.

  11. StupidizeMe

    My older cousin worked with Margaret Hamilton in the early 1970s and she personally taught him to do her Wicked Witch Laugh with the famous line, *”I’ll GET YOU, my pretty, and your little dog too!”*

    When I was a little girl I asked him to do her wicked laugh over and over, and he kindly did.

  12. Pal1_1

    This cannot possibly be true! I saw her melt!!

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