Margaret Hamilton Biography (1902-1985)

Born December 9, 1902, in Cleveland, OH; died May 16, 1985; daughter of Walter J. and Jennie (Adams) Hamilton; married Paul Boynton Meserv (divorced, 1938); children: Hamilton.

Favorite roles: Helen Hallam, Another Language, Grandma, The American Dream,Margaret, The Father, Hattie, The Dark Tower.

Hamilton was formerly a kindergarten and nursery school teacher.

Birth Details
December 9, 1902
Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • FILM DEBUT--1933.
  • Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West, Wizard of Oz, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer,1939.
  • My Little Chickadee, 1940.
  • George White's Scandals, 1945.
  • State of the Union, 1948.
  • Brewster McCloud, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970.
  • The Anderson Tapes, 1971.
  • Journey Back to Oz, 1974.
  • Cora, Maxwell House commercials.
  • STAGE DEBUT--The Man Who Ate the Popomack, 1923.
  • NEW YORK DEBUT--Helen Hallam, Another Language, Booth, 1932.
  • Hattie, Dark Tower, Morosco, NY, 1933.
  • Lucy Gurget, Farmer Takes a Wife, 46th Street Theater, NY, 1934.
  • Gertrude, Outrageous Fortune, 48th Street Theater, NY, 1943.
  • Aunt, On Borrowed Time, Patio, Los Angeles, CA, 1946.
  • Gwennie, The Men We Marry, Mansfield, NY, 1948.
  • Aunt Addie, Little Boy Blue, El Capitan, Hollywood, CA, 1950.
  • Mrs. Hammer, The Silver Whistle, Mrs. Fisher, The Show-Off, Berkshire Playhouse, Stockbridge, MA, 1951.
  • Lucy Bascombe, Fancy Meeting You Again, Royale, NY, 1952.
  • Mrs. Zero, The Adding Machine, Phoenix, NY, 1956.
  • Madame Kleopatra Mamaeva, Diary of a Scoundrel, Phoenix, NY, 1956.
  • Dolly Tate, Annie Get Your Gun, City Center, NY, 1958.
  • Bessie, Goldilocks, Lunt-Fontanne, NY, 1958.
  • Grandma, The American Dream, Civic, Los Angeles, CA, 1962.
  • Clara, Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn, Pocket, NY, 1963.
  • Louise, The Strangers, Westport Country Playhouse, CT, 1963.
  • Mrs. Western, Tom Jones, Bucks County Playhouse, PA, 1965.
  • Connie Tufford, UTBU, Helen Hayes, NY, 1966.
  • Parthy Ann Hawks, Show Boat, New York State, NY, 1966.
  • Madame Arcati, Blithe Spirit, Seattle Repertory, WA, 1966.
  • Mrs. Malaprop, The Rivals, Seattle Repertory, WA, 1967-68.
  • Dorinda Pratt, Come Summer, Lunt-Fontanne, NY, 1969.
  • Aunt Eller, Oklahoma!, New York State, NY, 1969.
  • Mrs. Soames, Our Town, ANTA, NY, 1969.
  • Mrs. Dudgeon, The Devil's Disciple, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1970.
  • Madame Arcati, Blithe Spirit, Alley, Houston, TX, 1970.
  • The Nephew, Studio Arena, Buffalo, NY, 1971.
  • Madame Desmortes, Ring Round the Moon, Seattle Repertory, WA, 1971.
  • Madame Armfeldt, A Little Night Music, Forrest, Philadelphia, PA, 1974.
  • Miss Heneage, The New York Idea, Anifisa, Three Sisters, bothBAM TheaterCompany, Brooklyn, NY, 1977.
  • Mrs. Dudgeon, The Devil's Disciple, Ahmanson, Los Angeles, CA, then BAM Theater Company, Brooklyn, NY, 1978.
  • Cleveland Playhouse Company, OH, 1978-79.
  • Stock: On the Town.
  • Bells Are Ringing.
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
  • Bloomer Girl.
  • The Wizard of Oz.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Dolly Tate, Annie Get Your Gun, U.S. cities, 1958.
  • Stella Livingston, Light Up the Sky, U.S. cities, 1972.
  • Madame Armfeldt, A Little Night Music, U.S. cities, 1974.
  • At AMAS Repertory Theater, NY, 1973: An Evening with the Bourgeosie.
  • The Three Sisters.
  • House Party.

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