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Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Personal Witch







A Personal Witch






Halloween season is the perfect time of year – in any climate. It enables otherwise rational people to expand their imaginations, once again becoming children for a day or so in a fantasyland of horror. In my case, it is an easy transition, because my wife is related to Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Margaret Hamilton, or Maggie as she was known, was an American film actress best remembered for her portrayal of the Witch in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. This former schoolteacher had been a character actor for a number of years before she was offered the role that would not only define her public image, but also create one of the screen's most memorable villains. She did worry about the effect of her terrifying role on little children, as they often asked her why she was so mean to Dorothy. Nevertheless, she offset that image with her obvious deep love for kids, evidenced by her generous support for charitable organizations working on behalf of children.

This kind-hearted soul passed away in 1985, but will be remembered fondly for many years to come.

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. I did not know that about her.. She use to scare the u-know-what out of me... Even tho everyone rooted for the Good Queen, somehow, I always felt bad for the Witch of the East... Seeing that house on her was definitely so final... kinda reminds me of the bullies in school. the ones who were the loudest and roughest were really the sad, fearful and low esteem ones who didn't have the social graces to make friends..

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  2. What a great story and what a cool person to be related to! I like the clip (although it took me a while to realise I was missing the voice-over because of your iPod playing!; (she sounds like one cool lady.

    JX

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  3. Juniper: I worried about the iPod. I have changed the setting so it is not automatic while this post is up. Thanks.

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  4. Thank you for stopping by...Lovely choice of a lovely lady you chose to post.

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  5. I remember as a kid hiding behind the couch whenever she came on the TV. She was SCARY. In the best possible way, of course!

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  6. Gingeyginge: She was a lovely lady, indeed.

    Robin: Even when I would see her as an adult, I still had a little trepidation.

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  7. Thanks for the invitation to join your blog. The Wizard of Oz is a family favorite in our house. My eldest son was drawn to the movie from the age of 2 & he is now 23. I attribute his love of this age old favorite movie to his strong interest in film production now. Your wifes Aunt did an unforgettable job of performing the role of the wicked witch!

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  8. Your wife is related to the ultimate wicked witch?
    Wow. How cool is that?
    Did you ever get to meet her?
    Margret Hamilton absolutely terrified me when I was a squirt. Do you remmeber the scene in which Dorothy sees Aunt Em in the crystal ball? And then the witch appears and mocks Dorothy. Man, it gave me nightmares for years...
    Loved the clip.
    WZ Snyder

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  9. Katherine: Thank you! It is a great performance. I even use the movie to teach literature in college. It has all the classic archetypal literature patterns for a successful heroic quest.

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  10. W.Z. SNYDER, #167 Dad: I remember the scene well. I still get freaked out by the flying monkeys!

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  11. How interesting! I enjoy how much humor she had about the role, as well as the grace with which she accepted the "consequences."

    Super that she later supported children's charities.

    Special to W.Z. Snyder: I was freaked out about those scenes, too. I'm with JJ, though, those flying monkeys STILL freak me out!

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  12. A-M: And the chant of the Wicked Witch's Army!

    http://www.entertonement.com/clips/lznhnjmtrp--ozz-soldiers-The-Wizard-of-Oz-Wizard-of-Oz

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  13. The Wizard of OZ was one of the first movies to be filmed in Technicolour so the colourful Oz was even more spectacular. Though sadly the wonder of that aspect was lost on later generations as every thing is in colour now. I now have a greater understanding of why the film is done in sepia and colour now I'm an adult than when I was a child.

    I found Margaret Hamilton recount of her recommendation humorous and she made an excellent witch.

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  14. I love The Wizard of Oz. Nice tribute.

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  15. Chibi: Thank you. I agree with you. The change from sepia was very dramatic.

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  16. KB: It is indeed a classic. Thank you.

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  17. LOL Her interview towards the end of the video cracks me up: "The witch?" "Yes, what else?"

    Too funny. I'm off to have a look around your blog, JJ. Very lovely to meet you :)

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  18. Knowing she was called Maggie and seeing the twinkle in her eye in the video, I can no longer think of Margaret Hamilton as that horrible wicked witch! I've very glad. :-)
    Peace,
    Su-sieee! Mac
    This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

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  19. Phoenix: Thank you, and thanks for stopping by.

    Su-sieee! Mac: Thanks for stopping by. I'll check out your blog.

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  20. Great info! I was TERRIFIED of the Wicked Witch of the West as a child! It took me years before I could watch the Wizard of Oz all the way through. I loved seeing Wicked at London's West End. It gave a whole new perspective. I’m your newest follower!
    http://RaisingFigureSkaters.com

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  21. I love it! Thanks for sharing this. This movie has always been a favorite of mine. Susie

    ps..thanks for stopping in my blog for the Follow Friday hop! Stop in this friday and link up!

    I'm following your blog! Susie

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  22. i love the wizard of oz!
    what a nice blog you have,i'll follow it :)

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  23. Deb: Thank you!

    Susie: I will join the hop. Thank you!

    Katia: Much appreciated. Have a great weekend.

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