Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Salisbury, Connecticut, USA
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Margaret Hamilton (December 9, 1902–May 16, 1985) was an American film actress best known for her portrayal of The Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. A former schoolteacher, she worked as a character actor 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 education.
Hamilton married Paul Boynton Meserve on June 13, 1931, and made her debut on the New York stage the following year. While her acting career developed, her marriage became troubled, and the couple divorced in 1938. They had one son, Hamilton Wadsworth Meserve (born 1935), whom she raised on her own. Not long after the official end of her marriage, Hamilton accepted the film role that made her famous.
Hamilton`s early experience as a teacher fueled a lifelong interest in educational issues. Hamilton served on the Beverly Hills Board of Education between 1948 to 1951, long after her success in films. She also taught Sunday School in the 1950s.
She lived in New York City for most of her adult life. Her Gramercy Park apartment building also claimed James Cagney as one of its tenants. She later moved to Porterville, California. She died on May 16, 1985 following a heart attack in Salisbury, Connecticut at the age of 82. She was cremated at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery and her ashes were scattered in Amenia, New York.
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Margaret Brainard Hamilton
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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, based on Dorothy Gale's malevolent neighbor, Miss Almira Gulch, whom Hamilton also played, in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic film The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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