19 October 2012

The Wicked Witch

Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.
Photo: Virgil Apger/Fondation John Kobal.

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"—The Wicked Witch of the West.

I have 
witches on the brain this week (see yesterday's post) so naturally I am reminded of perhaps the greatest witch of the silver screen—the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (1939)Margaret Hamilton was amazing in the role that she truly made her own. Who can ever forget that green face and pointed nose or that cackling laugh?

real life Hamilton was a former kindergarden teacher who adored children and animals. She got asked so many times by little kids why she was mean to Dorothy that she appeared on an episode of Mister Roger's Neighborhood to explain that it was all pretend. I always felt a little bad for the Wicked Witch. But those flying monkeys of hers? Scary.

Have a wonderful weekend my pretties.

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