Fast Facts

  • Trained and worked as a kindergarten teacher before becoming an actress; continued to serve on the Beverly Hills Board of Education after her acting career took off.
  • Made her Broadway debut playing Helen Hallam in the original 1932 production of the comedy Another Language; her on-screen debut came when she reprised the role in the 1933 film version.
  • Was injured while filming The Wizard of Oz (1939), when a delayed trap-door opening during a fiery exit resulted in second-degree burns on her face and a third-degree burn on her hand. Hamilton spent six weeks recovering from the incident and refused to do any more fire-related stunts on the film set.
  • Played Aunt Eva on the radio series Ethel and Albert in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Remained active on stage throughout her career, notably playing Aunt Eller in a production of Oklahoma! at the New York State Theater in 1969.


  • Walter J. Hamilton — Father
  • Paul Boynton Meserve — Ex-husband
  • Jennie Hamilton — Mother
  • Hamilton Meserve — Son


  • Miss Wheelock's Kindergarten Training School, Boston, MA (1923)

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  • Birth Name: Margaret Brainard Hamilton
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Died: May 16, 1985
  • Profession: Actor

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